Archive for the Illuminations on the Parsha 2016 Category

Illuminations #213, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Chukat

Illuminations #213, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Chukat Torah Gems We read that the Israelites in the Wilderness complained to Moshe that they were tired of eating the Manna. Hashem punished them for their complaint by sending serpents among the people and many died. Moshe prayed to have this

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Illuminations #212, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Korach

Illuminations #212, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Korach Torah Gems “It shall be that the man whom I shall choose – his staff will blossom” (Bamidbar 17:20). The tragic episode of the rebellion of Korach did not end with the demise of Korach and his men. The people still

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Illuminations #211, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Shlach

Illuminations #211, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Shlach Torah Gems We say in prayer: “Our father, the merciful father, who acts mercifully, have mercy upon us.” Remarkably, we have four expressions through which we plead with Hashem to mercifully give us the ability to understand his Torah. In these

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Illuminations #210, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Behaalotcha

Illuminations #210, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Behaalotcha Torah Gems In the beginning of this week’s Parsha we find Aharon HaKohen very concerned over his service to Hashem. The last 70 verses of last week’s Parsha spoke all about the Nesi’im bringing sacrifices to Hashem. However, the tribe of Levi, which Aharon was at the head of, was excluded and given the mitzvah of the Menorah.

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Illuminations #209, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Naso

Illuminations #209, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Naso Torah Gems The Torah instructs Moshe to count the number of men in the family of Gershon of the tribe of Levi and to instruct them that their duties when traveling will be to carry the curtains of the Mishkan. At the

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Illuminations #208, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Bamidbar

Illuminations #208, Sivan, 5779, Parshat Bamidbar Torah Gems On Shavuot, the Torah was given to the Jewish people. The entire creation of the universe was dependent on this occasion. If this didn’t take place, Hashem would not have allowed the world to continue to exist. All of this

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Illuminations #207, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Bechukotai

Illuminations #207, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Bechukotai Torah Gems “If you follow my statutes I will provide your rains in their proper time. The earth shall give forth its produce and the tree of the field shall give forth its fruit” (26:4). Rashi explains: “ If you follow

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Illuminations #206, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Behar

Illuminations #206, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Behar Torah Gems According to Jewish Law, every seventh year is a Shemittah year. Shemitah refers to the year that farmers in Eretz Yisrael do not work the land. This cycle continues seven times to a total of 49 years. The fiftieth year is called Yovel. On Yom Kippur of the Yovel year the shofar was

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Illuminations #204, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Kedoshim

Illuminations #204, Iyar, 5779, Parshat Kedoshim Torah Gems “You shall rebuke your fellow” (Vayikra 19:17) We must wonder, why the redundancy of the words “ho’cheach tochiach?” The Ben Ish Chai explains this with a story. There was once a king who had zero tolerance for theft. Anyone

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Illuminations #203, Nissan, 5779, Parshat Metzorah

Illuminations #203, Nissan, 5779, Parshat Metzorah Torah Gems In a week from now we will celebrate the Passover holiday. We will spend the night with family and friends in appreciation to Hashem for taking us out of Egypt. One may wonder why we must thank Hashem. If

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