Tidbits of Torah

A Tidbit of Torah Parshat Naso 5784

Posted on June 14, 2024

The Lord bestow His favor upon you and grant you peace. B’midbar / Numbers 6:26 The K’tav Sofer (1) begins his commentary to our verse, the third and final passage of Birkat Kohanim, the priestly blessing, by citing Midrash Rabbah on the Book of Numbers which states: Peace when you enter, peace when you depart, Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Shavuot 5784

Posted on June 11, 2024

Forgotten Holiday: Lost Holy Day Over the years in the various communities I have served, the days leading up to the festival of Shavuot trigger a variety of questions including: “Rabbi, there’s a holiday this/next week?” “Rabbi, what’s this holiday all about anyway?” And a personal favorite, “Rabbi, is this an important holiday or a Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat B’midbar 5784

Posted on June 7, 2024

“Se’u et rosh…” “Take a census of the whole Israelite community by the clan of its ancestral houses, listing the names, every male, head by head. B’midbar/Numbers 1:2 The Israelites have just celebrated the first anniversary of their liberation. Sefer B’midbar, the Book of Numbers, returns our attention to the Israelite wanderings in the wilderness Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat B’chukkotai 5784

Posted on May 31, 2024

The second of our two parshiyot designated for this Shabbat opens with the words, “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments” (Vayikra/Leviticus 26:3) prompting the great medieval commentator Rashi1 living in 11th century France to state, “Be diligent and dutiful in your engagement with Torah so that you might observe and fulfill Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Behar 5784

Posted on May 24, 2024

If your kinsman is in straits and has to sell part of his holding, his nearest redeemer shall come and redeem what his kinsman has sold.                     Vayikra / Leviticus 25:25 Underlying the entire structure of the Sabbatical Year and the Jubilee Year presented in our Torah portion is a deep concern for individuals and the Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Emor 5784

Posted on May 21, 2024

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Emor 5784 As soon as the sun sets, he shall be clean; and afterward he may eat of the sacred donations, for they are his food.      Vayikra/Leviticus 22:7 Rabbi Avrohom Bornsztain of Sochov1 begins his comment on our verse by noting that the Mishnah in Berachot sets the time Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Kedoshim 5784

Posted on May 10, 2024

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Kedoshim 5784 “Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God, am holy.”                          Vayikra / Leviticus 19:2  The Holy Blessed One said to Moses: “Go and say to Israel: ‘My Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Tzav 5784

Posted on May 3, 2024

The Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron who died when they drew too close to the presence of the Lord.                         Vayikra / Leviticus 16:1 Our parasha opens with these heavy words, picking up the narrative regarding the tragic and incomprehensible deaths of Aaron’s two sons in chapter 10. Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah for Earth Day 5784

Posted on April 22, 2024

Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! Bees, and giraffes, and elephants, oh my! Whales, and leopards, and bison, oh my! Monkeys, and birds, and rhinos, oh my! Today is Earth Day. As we mark Earth Day this year, the number of species in decline globally is growing exponentially. Environmental scientists warn that we are Continue Reading »

A Tidbit of Torah – Parshat Shmini / Shabbat Hachodesh 5784

Posted on April 5, 2024

Moses said: “This is what the Lord has commanded that you do, that the Presence of the Lord may appear to you.”       Vayikra / Leviticus 9:6 Our teacher, ha-Chozeh MiLublin, the Seer of Lublin(1), observes that the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) seems to create a differing set of expectations on the part of God and Continue Reading »