Archive for the Illuminations on the Parsha 2018 Category

Illuminations #221, Elul, 5779, Parshat Nitzavim

Illuminations #221, Elul, 5779, Parshat Nitzavim Torah Gems “For this commandment that I command you today – it is not hidden from you and it is not distant. It is not in Heaven… nor is it across the sea… Rather, the matter is very close to you

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Illuminations #220, Elul, 5779, Parshat ki Tavu

Illuminations #220, Elul, 5779, Parshat ki Tavo Torah Gems Our Parshah begins with the mitzvah of bikurim, the offering of the first-ripened fruit that is brought to the kohen in the Beis Hamikdash. When the basket of bikurim is put down next to the mizbei’ach, the owner

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Illuminations #219, Elul, 5779, Parshat ki Tetze

Illuminations #219, Elul, 5779, Parshat Ki Tetze Halacha Weekly Q. Is There a difference between a Non-Jewish day worker and a contractor as regards work on Shabbat?. [II-17-390) A. Shulchan Aruch haRav (Orech Chaim 244-1, Baal HaTanya, R. Shneur Zalman of Liady Z”L) writes that a hired day worker for whom the work is not his at all, and he

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Illuminations #218, Elul, 5779, Parshat Shoftim

Illuminations #218, Elul, 5779, Parshat Shoftim Torah Gems “You shall not pervert judgment, you shall not respect someone’s presence, and you shall not accept a bribe, for the bribe will blind the eyes of the wise and make just words crooked” (16:19).  If a poor person thinks

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Illuminations #217, Av, 5779, Parshat Devarim

Illuminations #217, Av, 5779, Parshat Devarim Torah Gems Moshe says he instructed the judges and said to them – “Listen among your brethren and judge righteously, any matter that is too difficult for you, you shall bring to me and I shall hear it.” Moshe does not say “I will judge

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Illuminations #216, Av, 5779, Parshat Matot-Masai

Illuminations #216, Av, 5779, Parshat Matot-Masai Torah Gems In this week’s parsha, Elazar explained to the Jewish People how to kasher the vessels which they had taken as spoils from their war with the people of Midyan. It was imperative to remove any non kosher food that

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Illuminations #215, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Pinchas

Illuminations #215, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Pinchas Torah Gems The Yitzrite family from Yitzer, and the Shileimite family from Shileim (26:49) This passuk, said the Chafetz Chaim, can also be explained as follows: Someone who capitulates to the advice of the yetzer hara immediately finds himself surrounded by

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Illuminations #214, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Balak

Illuminations #214, Tammuz, 5779, Parshat Balak Torah Gems When Balak wanted Bilaam to curse Bnei Yisrael he brought Bilaam to the top of the mountain to look at them. Why did Balak want Bilaam to curse Bnei Yisrael while gazing at the Jews; Bilaam could have just cursed from the friendly confines of his own home? The Ramban answers, there is

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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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