Rabbi David Etengoff
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The end of last week’s parasha, Balak, narrates the story in which many of the men of our people pursued the women of Moab and their god Baal Peor. Zimri ben Salu, prince of the tribe of … more
The Torah has many poetic passages that engage our minds and cause our hearts to soar. Paradoxically, a number of these sections were uttered by none other than Bilam, the evil prophet from the … more
Parasha Korach begins with the 16th chapter of Sefer Bamidbar that tells the story of Korach, his wayward Levitical followers, and their rebellion against Hashem and His Torah, Moshe and … more
This week’s parasha, Shelach, concludes with the well-known third paragraph of Kriat Shema whose focus is the mitzvah of Tzitzit. Its inclusion in the Shema during Tefilat Shacharit is … more
Remember what the L-rd, your G-d, did to Miriam on the way, when you went out of Egypt” (Devarim 24:9) is one of the Six Remembrances that many people recite at the end of Tefilat … more
HaRav Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik zatzal was one of the 19th century’s greatest European Torah scholars. He is known as the Beit HaLevi after the title of his grand exposition of the … more
Chazal’s name for the fourth book of the Torah is Sefer HaPekudim, the Book of the Counting. Little wonder, then, that it has been given the English title, “Numbers.” The … more
The beginning of parashat Behar focuses on the mitzvah of Shemittah: “And the L-rd spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them: … more
One of the most celebrated sections of our parasha, Emor, focuses on the moadim. Its 44 pasukim comprise the 23rd chapter of Sefer Vayikra and serve as an encyclopedic presentation of the … more
Midrash Tanchuma, Parashat Yitro 10, teaches us that Torah study is comprised of three essential categories: Talmud (logical analysis), Halacha (Jewish law) and Aggadot (non-halachic expository … more
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