Parsha Roundup

  • Six Paramount Words!

    This week, a woman who became a great-grandmother for the first time, told me that she would be heading out of town to visit the baby and that during her stay she would whisper the Shema Yisroel prayer into the baby’s ear. This is something that the child’s parents would not be doing because of …

  • Sounds and Silence!

    Our Parsha is set at the plains of Moav on the banks of the Jordan River, at the conclusion of the Jews’ travels through the desert. It was the end of the fortieth year from when they left Egypt. Just before Moshe’s death, he took the opportunity to have a heart to heart talk with …

  • Every Step You Take

    (Torah Portion Vaeschanan) Every Step You Take Do you ever wonder if what we do spiritually really makes a difference? Let me share with you a fascinating incident recorded in the Book of Kings and expounded upon in the Talmud and commentaries, which conveys to us that every minute step we take in the right …

  • Never Ending Sound

    (Torah Portion Va’eschanan) Never Ending Sound Twice each Shabbos we recite King David’s 29th Psalm that begins with the word Mizmor L’Dovid. The first time is Friday evening during the Kabalas Shabbos – welcoming Shabbos prayer and the second time is after reading the Torah scroll while it is carried back into the ark. This …

  • Will Power!

    (Torah Portion Va’eschanan) Will Power! Someone once posed an unusual question to Rabbi Moshe Feinstein o.b.m.: “I have a friend who gave me permission to speak Lashon Harah – ill speech or gossip – about himself. Am I permitted to talk about things that are derogatory to him?” Rabbi Feinstein responded, “I don’t understand the …

  • Comfort Zone!

    (Torah Portion Va’eschanan) Comfort Zone! This Shabbos is called Shabbos Nachamu – Shabbos of consolation. The name comes from the opening words of the Haftorah, where Isaiah the prophet in the name of G-d, tells the Jewish people after the destruction of the Temple, “Nachamu, Nachamu Ami” I will give a double consolation to My …

  • The Ring!

    (Torah Portion Vaeschanan) The Ring!  The piano tuner told Aliza, “Now you can understand why I am like this today, seeing the awful family discord that came about through false pretences.” The Talmud says that the following story triggered G-d to allow the Romans to destroy the Second Temple: There was a man who threw …

  • With All Your Heart

    (Torah Portion Va’eschanan) With All Your Heart! Probably the Torah verse most well-known by all Jews, is the declaration of Shema Yisroel Ado-noy E-lo-hai-nu Ado-noy Echad. In these six words a Jew declares his allegiance to the Almighty, proclaiming that G-d was, is, and always will be, the One and only. A Jew carries the …