Testing Presidents From Bush To Trump, 9/11 Shaped Politics

Four presidential campaigns. Eight congressional elections. The longest war in U.S. history. The Sept. 11 attacks have shaped U.S. politics, sometimes over the objections of...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Re’eh

Lo sa’ason kein l’Hashem Elokeichem (12:4) After instructing the Jewish people to break and smash the idolatrous temples and pillars which they will find in...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Devarim

Eileh ha’devorim asher dibeir Moshe (1:1)             There are 5 books in the written Torah, and 6 sections of the Mishnah – the Oral Torah....

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Nitzavim-Vayeilech

Hanistaros L’Hashem Elokeinu v’haniglos lanu ul’vaneinu ad olam la’asos es kol Divrei haTorah hazos (29:28)             In our verse, the Torah writes the words “lanu...

Parsha Potpourri: Pesach 5771

L'shana HaBa'ah B'Yerushalayim (Haggadah Shel Pesach) The Pesach Seder begins with a prayer: this year we are here, next year we should be in the...

Parsha Potpourri: Behar-Bechukosai

Parsha Potpourri Parshas Behar - Bechukosai – Vol. 5, Issue 30 Compiled by Oizer Alport כי תבאו אל הארץ אשר אני נתן לכם ושבתה הארץ שבת לד'...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Eikev

V'achalta v'savata u'veirachta es Hashem Elokecha al ha'aretz ha'tovah asher nasan lach (8:10) Parshas Eikev contains the mitzvah of reciting Birkas HaMazon (Grace after Meals),...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Noach

Vayomer Elokim zos os habris … es kashti nasati b’anan v’haysah l’os bris beini u’bein ha’aretz (9:12-13) Hashem told Noach that the rainbow will be...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayakhel/Pekudei

V’chol hanashim asher nasah liban osana b’chochma tavu es ha’izim (35:26)             Rashi writes that the women displayed special skills and wisdom in spinning the...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tetzaveh

V’atah Tetzaveh (27:20) The Baal HaTurim points out that from the birth of Moshe in Parshas Shemos until his death in Parshas V’Zos HaBeracha, this...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Matos

Ish ki yidor neder l’Hashem (30:3) Parshas Mattos begins with the laws governing oaths and vows. The concept of taking a vow to Hashem is...

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...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Bereishis

בראשית ברא אלקים את השמים ואת הארץ (1:1) On Simchas Torah, we complete the annual cycle of the public reading of the Torah by finishing Parshas...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Chukas

 Dabeir el B’nei Yisroel v’yikchu aleicha parah adumah temimah (19:2) The Gemora in Kiddushin (31a) relates the tremendous dedication of a non-Jew named Dama ben...

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...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tazria-Metzora

Adam ki yih'yeh b'or besaro se'eis o sapachas o baheres v'haya b'or besaro l'negah tzara'as v'huva el Aharon HaKohen o el echad mi'banav ha'Kohanim...

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...

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,...

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...

Parsha Potpourri

Vayavey es ha'Aron el ha'Mishkan vayasem eis Paroches hamasach vayasech al Aron ha'Eidus ka'asher tzivah Hashem es Moshe (40:21) In his commentary on our verse,...

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...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Ki Savo

ואמרת לפני ד' אלקיך בערתי הקדש מן הבית וגם נתתיו ללוי ולגר ליתום ולאלמנה ככל מצותך אשר צויתני לא עברתי ממצותיך ולא שכחתי (26:13) There is...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Bo

V’haya ha’dam lachem l’os al ha’batim (12:13) The Tosefos Yom Tov writes (Demai 7:3) that some people ask a powerful question based on the verse...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Terumah

V’asu li Mikdash v’shachanti b’socham (25:8) One of the blessings commonly given to a newly-engaged couple is “Der zivug zohl oleh yafeh zein.” While it...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Vayishlach

Katonti mikol ha'chasadim (32:11) Hashem promised to protect Yaakov and return him safely to the land of Canaan. Nevertheless, as he prepared to face his...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Re’eh

Ki y’sis’cha … leimor neil’cha v’naavda elohim acheirim … lo so’veh lo v’lo sish’ma eilav v’lo ta’chos ein’cha alav v’lo sach’mol v’lo t’chaseh alav...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Eikev

V’ragl’cha lo batzeika zeh arba’im shana (8:4) In mentioning that the shoes of the Jewish people miraculously didn’t wear out during their sojourn in the...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Ki Savo

V’amarta lifnei Hashem Elokecha biarti hakodesh min ha’bayis v’gam n’sativ l’levi ul’ger l’yasom ul’almana k’chol mitzvas’cha asher tzivisani lo avarti mi’mitzvosecha v’lo shachachti (26:13)            ...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Eikev

Ki ha’aretz asher atah ba shamah l’rishtah lo k’eretz Mitzrayim hu asher y’tzasem misham asher tizra es zarecha v’hishkisa b’raglecha k’gan hayarek v’ha’aretz asher...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tetzaveh/Purim

V'asisa bigdei Kodesh l'Aharon achicha l'kavod ul'tifares (28:2) Rav Yitzchok Hutner once related that while studying in the Slabodka yeshiva in Europe, he often heard...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Shemini

Vateitzei aish milifnei Hashem vatochal osam vayamusu lifnei Hashem (10:2) The Gemora in Sanhedrin (52a) teaches that while Moshe and Aharon were leading the way...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Yisro

Parshas Yisro begins by relating that Yisro heard about all of the miracles that Hashem performed for the Jewish people. This motivated him to...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Ki Seitzei

וראית בשביה אשת יפת תאר וחשקת בה ולקחת לך לאשה (21:11) Parshas Ki Seitzei begins by discussing the y’fas toar – woman of beautiful form. The Torah...

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...

Parsha Potpourri: Parshas Tzav/Purim

Vaya'as Aharon u'banav es kol ha'devorim asher tziva Hashem b'yad Moshe (8:36)             After discussing more of the laws governing the various offerings, Parshas Tzav...

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