The Benefits of Being Separate

The Benefits of Being Separate

Our reading this week begins, “And G-d said to Avram, go for yourself, from your land, and from your birthplace, and from the house of your father, to the land that I will show you” [Gen. 12:1] Rav Shamson Raphael Hirsch explains that this is in no way repetitive....
First Fruits Forever

First Fruits Forever

This week’s reading begins with the Commandment of Bikkurim, bringing the first fruits to the Holy Temple, and other gifts that were given to the Priests, Levites and the poor. Having finished the process at the end of the third year, the farmer declared,...
The Power of a Bribe

The Power of a Bribe

The traditional naming of the five books and the weekly readings in the Torah is done by simply using the first uncommon word of the book or reading. This week’s reading, though, is aptly named, for it begins with Shoftim, judges, and many of the 41 Commandments...
Choosing Life, Every Day

Choosing Life, Every Day

Our reading this week begins, “See I have placed before you today blessing and curse. The blessing, if you listen to the Commandments of Hashem your G-d, which I have Commanded you this day. And the curse, if you will not listen to the Commandments of Hashem...
The Power of One

The Power of One

What can one person accomplish against a mob? This question is sadly relevant today, and this week’s parsha (reading) provides the answer. At the end of last week’s reading, after the evil prophet Bilaam failed to curse the Jews, he advised the Midianite...