Parsha Thought – Vayikra

HaShem spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘When a person will sin unintentionally from among all the commandments of HaShem that may not be done, and he commits one of them.’” Leviticus 4:1, The Chumash The book of Leviticus begins with Moses calling the people…

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Parsha Thought – Mishpatim

This week we begin Parsha Mishpatim. Mishpatim is full of what most people would refer to as “Civil Law.” A quick glance shows that any number of topics are covered in this section, but they all seem to emphasize how to treat another individual. Most people is Western society would…

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Parsha Thought – Noach

There was nothing left to do. The laws and statutes that held the world together were being ripped apart by mankind and their desire to serve only themselves. We often forget that our actions or inactions can have a severe consequence on the world. The only thing to be done was to gather Noah and his family into the ark, close the door behind them and wait out the flood.

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Parsha Thought – Ki Tavo

Have you ever stopped to think about what can happen in a moment? A life can be saved, a comet can streak through the sky and lightning can illuminate the darkness. In the time it takes for and eye to blink, a moment may be missed and the opportunity never to present itself again. It may be a once in a lifetime instance or perhaps part of your daily routine. Regardless of the frequency of the occurrence, that specific moment is present only in the now.

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Parsha Thought – Shoftim

“When you besiege a city for a long time by fighting against it to take it, you do not destroy its trees by wielding an axe against them. If you do eat of them, do not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man to be besieged by you? Only the trees which you know are not trees for food you do destroy and cut down, to build siege-works against the city that is fighting against you, until it falls.”

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Parsha Thought – Eikev

Let’s stop and examine the opening words of this week’s Parsha. “It shall come to pass when…” V’haya eikev. Another way to translate that would be to say, “It will come into existence as a result of.” Based on the sentence structure so far we can expect that what is about to follow would be a conditional clause, like an if/then situation. But does that fit with our perception of who HaShem is?

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Parsha Thought – Va’etchanan

At the time Moses was pleading (va’etchanan means “and I sought favor”) with Elohim for another chance to enter into the land, the world wasn’t much different than it is today. You probably assume that that I have a punch line following that statement, but I don’t. Let’s examine this week’s parsha together.

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