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...
Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

This Shabbos we will read the first words of Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers. Then, on Sunday night, we will celebrate the holiday of Shavuos, the time of the giving of the Torah. The holiday is called Shavuos in the Torah, literally “weeks,” as the Torah...
Everything According to His Will

Everything According to His Will

The second of our two readings this week is Bechukosai: “If you will go in my decrees, and guard my commandments, and do them” [Lev. 26:3]. A decree is something that government, or in this case HaShem [G-d] in the Torah, tells us to do, which we are...
Heartily Giving

Heartily Giving

Rabbi Zalman Sorotzkin zt”l was in Polish Lithuania at a time when rabbinic schools were suffering from extreme poverty. In his book Oznaim L’Torah (and reprinted in Yalkut Lekach Tov), he relates that he accompanied a delegation of senior rabbis to Warsaw...