Shemos

  1. Guf & Neshama in Parshas Terumah

    Guf & Neshama in Parshas Terumah
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  2. Guf & Neshama in Parshas Mishpatim

    Guf & Neshama in Parshas Mishpatim
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  3. Ki-sisa/Parshas Parah – Seeking Sterile Purity

    Reflections on Ki-sisa and parshas Parah against the backdrop of the post Purim pandemic
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  4. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim/Shekalim – The Wheel of Life & Fortune

    Click here to download PDF Reincarnation The Zohar uses parshas Mishpatim and its monetary laws as a vehicle for its main discourse about ‘gilgulim’—reincarnations. All the commentators struggle to find a common denominator between these extremely disparate concepts. What is the connection between monetary law and all our civil affairs and reincarnation? Justice vs Equality In a non-leap year, ...
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  5. Parsha sheet: Pikudei – Overflowing Heart

    Click here to download PDF Contradiction in Rashi The Gemara (Yevamos 72A) explains that the reason the Jewish people did not do Bris Milah in all the years that they were in the desert is because they did not have a northern wind, because they were in disgrace. Rashi explains that they were in disgrace because of ...
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  6. Parsha sheet: Vayakheil/Shekalim – The Inverse Perspective

    Click here to download PDF The Mirrors & the Memories In this week’s Parsha (38:8) “and he made the “Kiyor” and it’s base out of copper from the mirrors…” Rashi bring the Chazal that Moshe did not want to take these mirrors which the women used to beautify themselves because they are made for the purpose of ...
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  7. Parsha sheet: Ki-Sisa – Breaking Light into Sound

    Click here to download PDF Luchos and Jewish eyes?!? In this week’s Parsha we have the tragedy of the breaking in of the Luchos in response to our sin of the golden calf. It’s one of the reasons we fast on the 17th of Tammuz, however, there is strange flipside to this setback. First of all, Moshe ...
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  8. Parsha sheet: Titzaveh – Inching towards Actuality

    Click here to download PDF Shovavim – Tat As is well-known, these weeks of Shemos, Vaeira, Bo, Beshalach, Yisro, and Mishpatim have a special quality of Teshuva being readily accepted, particularly the “known sin” of “waste”. For that reason, some communities in Eretz Yisrael run refresher courses in the laws of family purity. There is a dilemma ...
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  9. Parsha sheet: Teruma – To Serve and to Dwell

    Click here to download PDF Contradiction in Rambam In this week’s Parsha we have the directive to build the Mishkan and subsequently the Beis HaMikdash as the Pasuk says (25:8) “and they will make for me a “Mikdash”-sanctuary and I will dwell within them”. The Rambam brings this Pasuk as the eternal source for the command to ...
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  10. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim – The Inside Track

    Click here to download PDF Mishpatim & Mizbe’ach After the command not to ascend by stairs to the Mizbe’ach at the end of last week’s parsha, we are commanded to bring our civil and monetary disputes before the Jewish Dayanim ONLY. From the juxtaposition of these commands we learn that we are commanded to put the Grand ...
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  11. Parsha sheet: Yisro – Sensory Crossover

    Click here to download PDF Sponsored in Honor of the upcoming Marriage of Miriam Wilamowsky to Binyomin Zonenshayn בשעטו״מ שהזיווג יעלה יפה בבנין עדי עד Seeing Sound Hearing Sights “And the whole nation saw the sounds”(20:14) Rashi brings the Chazal that this is to be read literally they saw sound and they heard sight! There was an amazing sensory ...
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  12. Parsha sheet: Beshalach – Cosmic Applause

    Click here to download PDF Two Hands Towards  the conclusion of ‘Shiras HaYam’ (15:17-18) it says: “You shall bring them and implant them on the mountain of the heritage the place for your dwelling that You made Hashem, the Mikdash, Hashem, is constructed by Your ‘Hands’. Hashem will reign forever.” What is it about the Beis HaMikdash ...
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  13. Parsha sheet: Bo – Breakout

    Click here to download PDF Pre-planned Rush?!? In the Haggadah we say that we eat Matzah to commemorate  that Bnei Yisroel’s dough didn’t have time to rise prior to Hashem revealing Himself to them and redeemed them as the pasuk says: “they baked the dough they took out of Egypt as matza….for they were chased out of ...
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  14. Parsha sheet: Vaeirah – From Prophet to King

    Click here to download PDF Didn’t we Talk about this? In this week’s Parsha Moshe seemingly raises a concern that he raised already,  and the answer is the same as it was. He raises the concern of being inarticulate, worried that Pharoh will not listen to him. He raises  this twice in this week’s Parsha.  First “….the ...
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  15. Parsha sheet:Shemos – Creating Containment

    Click here to download PDF They are rewarded for “Fear”?!? “And The midwives feared Hashem and they did not do as told to them by the king of mitzrayim and they allowed the boys to live”(1:17)…”And because the midwives feared Hashem He made for them houses” (1:21). What’s fear have to do with it? If they did  ...
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  16. Parsha sheet: Parshas Vayahheil/Pikudei/Parah – Pulling the pieces Together

    Click here to download PDF Why the Assembly? Moshe, having just having come back from Heaven with the second Luchos, gathers all the Jewish people and tells them the prohibition to work during Shabbos. Following that he tells them the positive commandment of building the Mishkan as was outlined for him in Heaven in parshos Trumah, Titzavah ...
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  17. Parsha sheet: Parshas Titzaveh/Zachor – Hands over Head & Nameless

    Click here to download PDF Sponsored in Honor of the engagement of Menachem Yisroel Bechhofer & Bracha Golda Lichtman Why always Titzaveh – Zachor? In every regular (non-leap) year we read Parshas Titzaveh right before  Purim. Therefore, in every regular year it has the supplemental reading of “Zachor” which commands us to remember Amalek’s atrocities towards us and ...
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  18. Parsha sheet: Terumah – The Power of the Benevolent Heart

    Click here to download PDF Why leave it up to us? In this week’s Parsha the Jewish people as a collective are commanded to construct the Mishkan. Hashem left it up to everyone’s own benevolence to donate whatever they want of the 13 items required for the Mishkan’s construction. Why was it done this way? Leaving it ...
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  19. Parsha sheet: Mishpatim – Sweet sounds and tastes

    Click here to download PDF The Two accounts of Matan Torah In this week’s Parsha we find a whole other account of Matan Torah from a different perspective. It looks more like a festive occasion, accompanied by eating and drinking, contrary to the experience of awe and fear depicted in last week’s Parsha. What is the message ...
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  20. Parsha Sheet: Yisro – Forever New

    Click here to download PDF Never Gets Old The Posuk says: ”on the third month of B’nai Yisroel leaving Egypt on this day they came to the Sinai desert” Rashi explains: “it should have said on that day they arrived at the desert of Sinai, why does it say on this day? That the words of Torah ...
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  21. Parsha Sheet: Beshalach – Harmonious Systems

    Click here to download PDF Think Before you sing? Az Yashir Moshe – Then will sing (yashir) Moshe. It that should say “then sang (shar) Moshe”! Why is there the extra letter “Yud” that makes it the future tense? Rashi explains: then, when Moshe saw the miracle it occurred in his heart to sing. Rashi cites further ...
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  22. Parsha Sheet: Bo – Covering the “Eye of Earth”

    Click here to download PDF 7 & 3 The first thing to observe, is that the Torah saw fit to separate the 10 plagues into two different Parshiyos.  Seven out of ten appear in last week’s Parsha, Parshas Veyeira and three out of ten are in this week’s Parsha. Every Parsha represents a whole different lesson from ...
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  23. Parsha Sheet: Vaeira – Infinite & Eternal

    Click here to download PDF Trustworthy to Reward and Punish Hashem tells Moshe: “I appeared to Avraham Yitzchak and Yaakov with as E-l Sha-dai and my Name Yud-Heh-Vav-Heh was not displayed to them”.  Rashi explains that means: I am trustworthy to bestow good reward to those who follow in my commandments and I am now sending you ...
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  24. What do Yetzias Mitzrayim and marriage have in common?

    Delivered last night on the occasion of Sheva Brachos of Reuven Zak’s niece If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  25. Parsha Sheet: Shemos – Stars in Hashem’s show

    Click here to download PDF Names & Numbers This week’s Parsha opens with the words “And these are the names of the children of Yisroel that came to Mitzrayim…” Rashi comments even though they were counted in their lifetime by name (in parshas Vayigash) the Torah counts them even after their death to show how beloved they ...
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  26. Vayahkhel/Pekudei/Chodesh – Shadow Power

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  27. Ki Sisa/Parsha Para – Sipur Yetzias Mitzrayim – What’s The Story

    THE ZECHUS OF THIS SHIUR ARE DEDICATED TO THE HATZLACHA OF YOCHANAN MEIR BEN SHULAMIS AND LEAH BAS MIREL MALKA  If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  28. Ki Sisa/Parsha Para – The DAAS factor

    THE ZECHUS OF THIS SHIUR ARE DEDICATED TO THE HATZLACHA OF YOCHANAN MEIR BEN SHULAMIS AND LEAH BAS MIREL MALKA  If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.    
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  29. Ki Sisa/Parsha Para – The Post Purim Cleanup

    THE ZECHUS OF THIS SHIUR ARE DEDICATED TO THE HATZLACHA OF YOCHANAN MEIR BEN SHULAMIS AND LEAH BAS MIREL MALKA If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  30. Trumah – Mind expansion

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  31. Mishpatim/Shekalim – Internal Law vs External Law

    in support of President Trump’s law and order and tribute to ambassador Nikki Haley Delivered Thursday night by “Maamar & Munchies If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  32. Mishpatim/Shekalim – The Wheel of Life (Full Maamar)

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  33. Mishpatim/Shekalim – The Other Side of Things

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  34. Mishpatim/Shekalim – Surrender and own

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  35. Yisro – Tapping the Lights of Torah & Shabbos

    Delivered at Yahtzeit seuda on Motzei Shabbos parshas Yisro 5777 at The Levi Residence in Teaneck NJ  Liluy Nishmas Koby Levi Z”L If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  36. Yitro – Is There a Mitzvah Never to Forget Maamad Har Sinai? Why Do We Have to Keep Torah Anyway

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  37. Yitro – News with Impact

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  38. Beshalach – Aligning means and ends

    A Maamar on Beshalach-Tu Bshvat-snow-and the President’s common sense executive order.  May Hashem Grant the President success! If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  39. Bo – Natural Borders

    A editorial on the Presidents appointments and executive orders If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  40. Bo – Peh-Sach: Freedom of Speech

    A response to the Berkeley riots – delivered last night at the white shul If you’re viewing this on a portable device, such as a phone, and are having difficulty playing the shiur, then try the below YouTube version.  
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  41. Va’eira – Yetzias Mitzrayim: The Script of Destiny

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  42. Va’eira – Eternal and Infinite

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  43. Va’eira – Unconditional Love

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  44. Shemos – What’s in a Name?

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  45. Shemos – Stars, Names and Numbers

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  46. Shemos – Basic Form

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  47. Vayahkhel/Shkalim – Where Concept Impacts Action

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  48. Pashas Zachor – Getting in Touch with Moshe Rabbeinu

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  49. Pekudie/Chodesh – Redeeming the Collateral

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  50. Pekudie – The Finite Work, Infinite Reward Paradox

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  51. Ki-Sisa – When Nature Buys You Time

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  52. Bo – Passover; Covering the Eye of Earth

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  53. Ki-Sisa – In Over Our Heads

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  54. Beshalach – Opening a Stable Wormhole

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  55. Yisro and Mishpatim – Awe vs. Flavor

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  56. Teruma – Building the Mishkan of Heart and Mind

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