Vertluch: Parshas Pekudai

Parshas Pekudei is usually paired together with the previous weeks parsha, Vayahkel, as both parshiyos deal with the building of the Mishkan and the...

Halachic Analysis: Getting Drunk on Purim

It is one halacha that parents just don't like at all. It is also one that they do not really have an answer for. “But Mom,...

B’Ohel Haneviyim: Parshas Vayakhel

This week's Haftorah is in essence a continuation of the Haftorah we read for Parshas Terumah. It tells us of how Chiram built the...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayakhel

Betzalel made the Aron of acacia wood, two and a half cubits long, a cubit and a half wide, and a cubit and a...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Ki Sisa

The Thirteen Attributes of Mercy - Invoking Divine Favor Following Hashem's promise not to destroy the Jewish people, after the sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Ki Sisa

Ki sisa es rosh B'nei Yisroel lif'kudeihem (30:12)Hashem commanded Moshe regarding the proper manner in which to take a census of the Jewish people,...

Vertluch: Parshas Ki Sisa

In this weeks parsha we read about the sin of the Egel, a nadir in our illustrious and rich history Chazal tell us that...

Be’Ohel Haneviyim: Parshas Tezaveh

This week’s Haftorah is from Yechezkel. It was chosen because it discusses the Bayis Shlishi and particularly the Chanukas hamizbeiach (inauguration of the Altar)...

Vertluch: Parshas Tezaveh

Towards the end of this week’s parsha the pasuk says ‘I will arrange meetings with klal Yisroel, and it will be sanctified by My...

Moonlighting in Halacha

This past week a terrible tragedy occurred in Scotland regarding a medical doctor. It seems a doctor who was moonlighting did not inform his...

Hilchos Yichud For Shovavim Tat 5774

The following is meant as a convenient review of Hilchos Yichud (written by Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski).  The Piskei Din for the most part...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Terumah

Supporting the Supporter "Take for me an offering" (Shemos 25:2) The donations requested of Bnei Yisrael for the construction of the Mishkan are described as being...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Terumah

V'asu li Mikdash v'shachanti b'socham (25:8) In Shir HaShirim (3:11), Shlomo HaMelech refers to an event which occurred b'yom chasunaso ub'yom simchas libo - on...

Vertluch: Parshas Terumah

This week’s parsha discusses the building of the mishkan. The Ramban raises an interesting question. Sefer Bereishis is called sefer Hayetzira (the book of...

Halachic Analysis: Seat Belt Tickets and More

A new driver just got her license and was driving two friends to the mall. Not sure of where to turn, her driving appeared...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Mishpatim

Na'aseh Venishmah R' Sima'i taught: At the moment the Jewish People answered "Na'aseh ve'nishmah - We will fulfill and learn the Torah," 600,000 angels descended...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Mishpatim

V'ki yigach shor … v'im shor nagach hu mit'mol shil'shom v'huad biv'alav (21:28-29)A common criticism of yeshiva students is that they spend their days...

Vertluch: Parshas Mishpatim

The pasuk says ‘one who strikes his father or his mother shall surely be put to death.’ (21; 15) Rashi notes that the death...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Yisro

The Art of Listening Moses' father-in-law Yisro, sheik of Midian, heard about all that G-d had done for Moses and His people Israel when He...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Yisro

Vayishma Yisro (18:1) The Imrei Emes was once present at a Rabbinical conference in Warsaw that was called to discuss the burning issues of the...

Vertluch: Parshas Yisro

In this weeks parsha the Torah describes the most monumental and important event of our storied history; the experience of matan Torah. Klal Yisroel...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Beshalach

A Three Days Journey in the Desert I declare that I will bring you out of the wretchedness of Egypt to the land of...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas beshalach

V'chamushim alu B'nei Yisroel me'eretz Mitzrayim (13:18) The Torah relates that the Jewish people left Egypt chamushim. A number of explanations are given for the...

Vertluch: Parshas Beshalach

The end of this weeks parsha discusses how Amalek approached and waged war against klal Yisroel, as the pasuk says ‘Amalek came and fought...

Vertluch: Parshas Vaera

Chazal go through every single plague that Hashem brought upon the Egyptians and ponder why that specific makkah was brought. The list enumerates why...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vaeira

Torah and Nature Paths to Ahavas Hashem The Nile will swarm with frogs, and when they emerge, they will be in your palace, in your...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vaeira

Vay'dabeir Hashem el Moshe v'el Aharon vay'tzaveim el B'nei Yisroel (6:13) The Torah tells us that Hashem commanded Moshe and Aharon regarding the Jewish people,...

To Correct Or Not To Correct The Baal Koreh

“Er Zogt!” “No he didn’t. I was listening!” “Whaddya talking about? It’s fine.” “It’s not fine. Why are constantly butting your nose into..” Most of us have heard...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Shemos

Avodas Perach The Importance of Purpose The Egyptians started to make the Israelites do labor designated to break their bodies (Shemos 113). In order to keep...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Shemos

Vayomer Melech Mitzrayim lam'yaldos ha'Ivriyos asher shem ha'achas Shifra v'shem ha'sheinis Puah (1:15) As part of his vicious plan to enslave and oppress the Jewish...

Vertluch: Parshas Shemos

The Torah relates that Moshe ran away from Mitzrayim after he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand. The reason being, that...

Scarves and Halacha

It is cold weather season, and the coats, gloves and scarves are coming out. Scarves are definitely “in” and constitute a billion dollar industry...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayechi

As Jews we are obligated in saying the parshiyos of krias shema twice daily. You’ll notice that in the sequence we say ‘Shema Yisroel...

Asarah B’Teives – Different Than Other Fasts?

Rav Yoseph Karo (Bais Yoseph 550) cites the view of the Avudraham that the fast of Asara b’Taives is different than all of the...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayigash

The Wagons of Assimilation . . . and he saw the wagons that Yosef had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their...

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