Category Archives: Parsha

Every Person Counts in Klal Yisroel — All for one and one for all

KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT KI SISA – WHEN YOU COUNT is most often the translation given.  Yet, the words Kee Seesa actually means “when you lift up”.  The point of the count was to raise the self-esteem of … Continue reading

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Parshas Tetzaveh – Lessons in Chinuch

This week’s Torah portion begins with the commandment to use pure olive oil to light the Menorah.  The Menorah symbolized learning.  From the next few verses, we learn some very important lessons in Chinuch, in helping our children be ideal … Continue reading

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Mizbayach Ha’Zahav – the Golden Altar

Chapter 27 The Altar – for the courtyard There were two Mizbachos/altars in the Mishkan.  One was outside, filled with earth, on which the animals were brought as Karbanos.  It was made of Nechoshes – copper.  Inside the Tabernacle was … Continue reading

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L’Harim – To Uplift, Raising Things Above Their Base Level

This coming Shabbos’ Torah portion talks about the beginning of the collection of objects for the construction of the Tabernacle (the Mishkan) and some of the vessels and curtain constructions within. Hashem requests the Jews:  “take for me offerings”.  Weird … Continue reading

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Parashas Shekalim – Half-Coins that we are…

There are four additional Torah readings called “Arbah Parshiyos” that happen around this time of year, where, in addition to the scheduled Torah reading, we add another one pertinent to the time of year. This week is the first one, … Continue reading

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Mishpatim – Civilly Spiritual or is it Spiritually Civil

PARSHAS MISHPATIM The Shoresh [root word] is שׁ פ ט   which means judge.  Shofeit is a judge; mishpat is a judgment or a law; and lishpot means to judge There are different categories of Mitvos:  Mishpatim are civil laws – laws understandable according … Continue reading

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Parshas Yisro – The Ten Commandments

CHAPTER 20: And G-d spoke all these “devorim” words.  The ten commandments are called the Asseres Hadibros.  RASHI:  G-d said all ten commandments in one utterance. [side note, folks, just some food for thought:  ten sefirot, ten utterances to create … Continue reading

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