In this week’s parsha, Parshas Eikev, the Torah warns us regarding the sin of avodah zarah (worshipping gods of others).  The pasukim say: פְּסִילֵי אֱלֹהֵיהֶם, תִּשְׂרְפוּן בָּאֵשׁ; לֹא-תַחְמֹד כֶּסֶף וְזָהָב עֲלֵיהֶם, וְלָקַחְתָּ לָךְ--פֶּן תִּוָּקֵשׁ בּוֹ, כִּי תוֹעֲבַת ה’ אלקיךָ הוּא - The carved images of...

Dear Friends, Please mark your calendars and join me for these upcoming, ALL new, shiurim: *My weekly Sunday shiur, with the Virtual Beis Medrash, meets Sunday July 26 at 10am.  To join shiur, use this direct link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/98032436809?pwd=UHY0R3pMdG42R1ZaQ0ZZNS9yek1uQT09 Zoom login information: Meeting ID: 980 3243 6809  - ...

We are now in the second Shabbos of the mournful Three Weeks, and this Shabbos we conclude the book of Bamidbar, with the reading of the double parshios of Matos-Masei.  In Parshas Masei we are commanded: וְהוֹרַשְׁתֶּ֥ם אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ וִֽישַׁבְתֶּם־בָּ֑הּ כִּ֥י לָכֶ֛ם נָתַ֥תִּי אֶת־הָאָ֖רֶץ לָרֶ֥שֶׁת אֹתָֽהּ,...

In this week’s parsha, Parshas Shelach, we are instructed regarding the mitzvah of tzitzis: And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם, וְעָשׂוּ לָהֶם צִיצִת עַל-כַּנְפֵי בִגְדֵיהֶם, לְדֹרֹתָם; וְנָתְנוּ עַל-צִיצִת הַכָּנָף, פְּתִיל תְּכֵלֶת, speak to the Children of Israel, and say to...

This week’s parsha, Parshas Beha’aloscha, begins with the command to Aharon regarding the kindling of the lamps in the Mishkan (Tabernacle).  And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, אֶת-הַנֵּרֹת, אֶל-מוּל פְּנֵי הַמְּנוֹרָה, יָאִירוּ שִׁבְעַת הַנֵּרוֹת, Speak to Aharon and say to him: When you kindle...