Parsha Roundup

  • Body and the Soul!

    The Hebrew calendar is set up in such a way that the Holiday of Purim – the 14th day of Adar – cannot coincide with Shabbos. However even if Purim would fall on Shabbos – which in fact does happen even today in a walled city like Jerusalem which celebrates Purim a day later on …

  • Classified Info Leaks

    (Torah Portion Tzav) Classified Info Leaks In the past few weeks the world has witnessed tremendous change, uncertainty and unrest in the Middle East; the earthquake and tsunami in Japan caused a massive death toll and a current fear of radioactive contamination; and in Itamar, Israel, a couple and three of their young children were …

  • Touching the King’s Scepter

    (Torah Portion Tzav) Touching the King’s Scepter This Shabbos is called Shabbos Hagadol – the great Shabbos. Let us examine how this Shabbos got its name. The Talmud explains that on the Shabbos before the Jews left Egypt, each Jewish family took a male lamb and tied it to their bedpost. When the Egyptians saw …

  • Boomerang

    (Torah Portion Tzav) Boomerang! The world is closely watching the tense situation in the Ukraine. Now is the time to take a moment and consider the underlining reasons behind national conflicts. They certainly are power struggles between one country and its people against another. Espionage and gathering security secrets and information is vital in order …

  • Bold and Daring!

    (Torah Portion Tzav) Bold and Daring!   The title of this Shabbat is, ‘Shabbat Hagadol.’ The Hebrew word Gadol can mean either great or big in size. Commentators explain that both meanings of the word apply to this Shabbat. It is customary that the rabbi of the congregation speaks on the Shabbat that precedes Pesach …

  • The Next Day

    (Torah Portion Tzav) The Next Day! Yesterday was Purim and today is called Shushan Purim. Here’s the reason why. The Megilla tells us that King Achashvairosh’s palace was in Shushan Habirah – Shushan the capital. In truth, Shushan was not always host to the king’s palace; the kings, such as Nevuchadetzar, who preceding Achashvairosh, resided …

  • Body and the Soul!

    The Hebrew calendar is set up in such a way that the Holiday of Purim – the 14th day of Adar – cannot coincide with Shabbos. However even if Purim would fall on Shabbos – which in fact does happen even today in a walled city like Jerusalem which celebrates Purim a day later on …

  • Purim Message

    Purim and its significance Wednesday night March 23rd & Thursday March 24th Achashvairosh The events of Purim occurred while the world was ruled by King Achashvairosh of the Persian Empire. At this time the Jews were exiled from Israel as a result ofthe Babylonian conquest of the Land and the destruction of their Temple in …