Category Archives: Parshat Hashavua


The Akedah – Reconciling Contradictions

At the end of the Parsha Veyaira we find the story of the Akedah. Regarding the Akedah, the Torah recounts that G-d told Avraham to take his son Yitzchak to a place which He will reveal afterwards, and to offer up Yitzchak as a burnt offering to G-d. They journeyed together with Yishmael and Eliezer,…

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Parsha Ki Sisa Likutei Shoshanim

Parsha Ki Sisa – Likutei Shoshanim Torah on the Parsha of Ki Sisa from Likutei Shoshanim. (BR: Please see my introduction HERE. Adapted from “Sefer Likutei Shoshanim” by HaAdmor HaRishon Me-Savran (Savaran), HaRav Moshe Tzvi Me-Savran Towards the end of this week’s Parsha the Torah states, “Vayemahair Moshe Vayikod Artza Vayishtachu” (Shemos 34:8), translated as,…

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Parshas Tetzaveh – Savran

Parshas Tetzaveh – Savran As an introduction to this Divrei Torah on Parshas Tetzaveh – Savran, please see my introduction to all of these Torahs Here. Divrei Torah Adapted From The Words of Today’s Savraner Rebbe At the beginning of this week’s Parsha the Ba’al Haturim writes the following: Moshe is not mentioned in this…

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Parsha Tetzaveh Likutei Shoshanim

Parsha Tetzaveh Adapted from “Sefer Likutei Shoshanim” by HaAdmor HaRishon MeSavran (Savaran), HaRav Moshe Tzvi MeSavran (BR: Please see my introduction Here.) The first posuk in this week’s Parsha Tetzaveh reads: “VeAtah” “Tetzaveh” “Es” “Bnei Yisroel” “VeYikchu Elecha Shemen Zayis” “Zach” “Kasis LeMaor” “LeHaalos” “Ner Tamid”. Someone who wishes to purify (Zach) and raise up…

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Savran Savran, or sometimes spelled Savaran, is a chassidic dynasty going back to the “Saba Kadisha” Rebbe Moshe Tzvi from Savran. I quote here from Moshe Zvi of Savran From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Moshe Zvi Giterman of Savran (1775-1837), the Savraner Rebbe, was an influential Hasidic Rebbe in Ukraine whose following numbered in…

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The Fast of the First Born

Parshas Behaaloscha

Parshas BeHaaloscha 5771 I have been sitting on a question for decades which has to do with Parshas BeHaaloscha, (Parshat Behaalotcha) that suddenly this year I had an insight that may resolve the issue. Searching for Jewish Beliefs? Click Here for my main article on Jewish Beliefs. Fast of the First Born I am a…

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Ki Sisa

Parshas Ki Sisa On last Shabbos we read the Parsha of Ki Sisa. Luchos Shenios On the verse “p’sal lecha”, where the Aibishter tells Moshe Rabbeinu to prepare the Luchos Shenios, the second set of Tablets for the Ten Commandments, (seeing that Moshe broke the first ones), Rashi brings from the Medrash Tanchuma an allegory…

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Parshas Beshalach – Shabbos Shira

Parshas Beshalach – Shabbos Shira The main theme of Parshas Beshalach is Kriyas Yam Suf and the Shiras HaYam, the splitting of the Sea and the Song that the Jewish people sang to the A’lmighty afterwards. That’s why this Shabbos is called Shabbos Shira. I wrote a post after Pesach last year describing what seems…

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Chanukah and Parshas Vayaishev

Chanukah and Parshas Vayaishev On the Shabbos before Chanukah it often comes out that we read Parshas Vayaishev. There are many connections drawn between Chanukah and Parshas Vayaishev. Avodas Hashem The Bach writes in his commentary on the Tur at the beginning of Hilchos Chanukah, that the principle lacking for which we were thrown into…

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The Parsha of Toldos Cont.

The Parsha of Toldos Cont. This is a continuation from the post The Parsha of Toldos, to view it please click here. In Rashi’s second pshat on the first posuk, he says that the added words were necessary to be written because of the laitzainai hador. All the years I always wondered, who are these laitzainai hador…

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The Parsha of Toldos

The Parsha of Toldos The Parsha of Toldos begins with the verse, “These are the descendants of Yitzchak ben Avraham, Avraham fathered Yitzchak.” Rashi is bothered by the obvious question that the second half of the verse is redundant. Rashi answers from Chazal two answers, 1) the Torah comes to tell us that it was…

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