Vertluch: Parshas Vayigash

Parshas Vayigash relates the climax to one of the most well known episodes in our illustrious history-the story of Yosef revealing himself to his...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Miketz

Thanking Hashem for Misfortune and Deliverance Rabbeinu Yonah writes in Shaarei Teshuvah When one receives Hashem's chastisement and as a consequence improves his ways, it...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Mikeitz

Vayehi mikeitz shenasayim yamim u'Paroh choleim v'hinei omeid al sfas haye'or (41:1) By linking the end of the two years of Yosef's additional jail time...

Veryluch: Parsha Mikeitz / Shabbos Chanuka

The Chashmonaim are known to be one of the more illustrious families in our storied history. If not for them, Torah and mitzvos could...

Halachic Analysis: Latke Tasting Before Chanukah Lighting

Aside from on Thanksgivukah, by the time most people usually get home from work, the time to kindle the Chanukah lights has already arrived....

Hilchos Uminhagei Chanukah 5774 By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chanuka. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on...

Chanukah – An In Depth Overview

HISTORICAL CONTEXT Chanukah occurred during the time of the Second Beis HaMikdash approximately in the year 3596/165 B.C.E. The Seleucid Greeks (or Syrian Greeks) ruled...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayeishev

Yosef and His Brothers: The Anatomy of a Sale ...and Joseph would bring evil reports about them to their father (Bereishis 37:2). Just as the halachic...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayeishev

V'hinei ha'shemesh v'ha'yareiach v'achad asar kochavim mishtachavim li (37:9) Yosef dreamed that the sun, the moon, and 11 stars - which represented his father, mother,...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayeshev

In this week’s parsha, Yosef was confronted with a nisayon from the wife of Potiphar. On a basic level, this was an incredible temptation...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayishlach

Deracheha Darchei Noam Its Ways Are Ways of Pleasantness And Yaakov was very frightened and distressed (Bereishis 32 7). Rashi comments that Yaakov was frightened lest...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayishlach

When the Malachim returned to Yaakov, they gave him the grim report. Esav was advancing towards Yaakov with a frighteningly large army. He started...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayeitzei

The Jewish Home Not like Avraham who called it "mountain," and not like Yitzchak who called it "field," but rather like Yaukov who called...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayeitzei

Vayeitzei Yaakov miBe'er Shava vayeilech Charana (28:10) The parsha begins by relating that Yaakov departed from Be'er Sheva and went to Charan. As the Torah...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayetzei

After all the hardships that Yaakov had endured with Lavan, they made amends and feasted over a korban together. When they were finished, the...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Toldos

And the children clashed within her (Bereishis 25:22). Whenever she passed the entrances to the House of Study of Ever, Yaakov struggled to exit, ...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Toldos

Va'yetar Yitzchok l'Hashem l'nochach ishto ki akara hee va'yei'aseir lo Hashem va'tahar Rivkah ishto (25:21) After 20 childless years of marriage, Yitzchok and Rivkah petitioned...

Vertluch: Parshas Toldos

Parshas Toldos begins recounting the birth of Yaakov and Esav. When describing Esav the pasuk states that he came out of the womb ‘extremely...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Chayei Sarah

Remembering the Day of Death Sarah died in Kiriath Arba which is Hebron in the land of Canaun. And Abraham came to eulogize Sarah and...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Chayei Sorah

Vayakam Avrohom me'al p'nei meiso vay'dabeir el b'nei Cheis leimor ger v'toshav anochi imachem t'nu li achuzas kever imachem v'ekb'ra meisi mil'fanai (23:3-4) The Gemora...

Vertluch: Parshas Chayei Sorah

After last week’s spellbinding account of the akeida, this week we start off by revealing the death of Sara Imeinu. The pasuk says (23:...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Chayei Sarah

Avrohom Avinu sets off in search for a burial site for Sarah Imeinu, with his eyes set on buying Mearas Hamachpeila from Efron. Efron...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Vayeira

The Value of a Friend's Advice And God appeared to him in the plains of Mamre (Bereishis 18:1). The Midrash relates that when Hashem commanded Avraham...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayeira

Yukach na me'at mayim ... v'ekcha pas lechem v'sa'adu lib'chem (18:4-5) Avrohom excelled in the mitzvah of hosting guests. Three days after he had circumcised...

Vertluch: Parshas Vayeira

When Hashem was preparing to eradicate Sedom, He made a decision to inform Avraham of His plans. He told Avraham that they were an...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Vayeira

This week’s Sedra contains one of the most perplexing portions of the Torah. Avraham Avinu, who preached against human sacrifice at a time when...

HaRav Zev Leff: Parshas Lech Lecha

Abram took Sarai his wife and his nephew Lot, and all their wealth that they had amassed, and the people they had acquired in...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Lech Lecha

Vayehi ka'asher hikriv la'vo Mitzraymah vayomer el Sarai ishto hinei na yadati ki isha yefas mareh at (12:11) Due to a famine in the land...

Vertluch: Parshas Lech lecha

The end of this week’s parsha discusses that Hashem gave us the commandment of bris milah and how Avraham and Yishmael were both circumcised. Dovid...

Rabbi Krakowski: Parshas Lech Lecha

Hashem announces to Avrohom that Sarah Imeinu will have a child he will be considered his only eternal child. Hashem explains that only this...

Vertluch: Parshas Noach

This weeks parsha begins with the well-known words of נֹחַ אִישׁ צַדִּיק תָּמִים הָיָה בְּדֹרֹתָיו, meaning Noach was righteous, and a tamim; he was...

Hilchos Chol Hamoed

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Chol-Hamoed. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the...

Hilchos Eruv Tavshilin

The following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Eiruv Tavshilin. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely...

Vertluch: Sukkos 5774

The mishna is Succah (28b) says that if it rains on Succos it is comparable to a slave that comes to pour a cup...

Vertluch: Yom Kippur 5774

Rambam in hilchos teshuva, (perek aleph) asks how one says viduy (where one accepts and confesses they have sinned). He answers, we say ‘Ana...

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