Parsha Roundup

  • King David!

    We will be celebrating the Holiday of Shavuos this coming Wednesday and Thursday. The focal point of the Holiday is that it is the time when G-d proclaimed the Ten Commandments and the entire Jewish people accepted the Torah. Fittingly, we refer to Shavuos in our prayers as, “the time when our Torah was given” …

  • Valued!

      In this week’s Parsha, G-d commands Moshe to take a census of the Jewish males ranging from 20-60 years of age. The total came to 603,550. Moshe was also instructed to take two additional censuses. One, of the tribe of Levi, and another of the first-born males. The total for the Levites came to …

  • Twins!

    The Medrash relates that G-d wanted to give the Torah to the Jews as soon as they left Egypt. However, he saw, that as the Jews were traveling toward Mount Sinai, there were various disagreements and quarrelling among them. Therefore, G-d waited until they encamped in unison at Mount Sinai. Only when the Jews became …

  • Centerpiece!

    This Shabbos we begin the fourth book of the Torah, Bamidbar – Numbers. The book is called Bamidbar – which literally means in the desert – because the book describes the bulk of the travels and encampments of the Jews during the 40 years they spent in the desert. However, it is called the Book …

  • Predictions

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar) Predictions By now, the infamous radio host who had predicted the world would end last Saturday, has a lot of explaining to do to his followers why his forecast of apocalypse did not arrive. Do we believe in a time or an event that will bring the world to an end? My …

  • Everyone Counts!

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar) Everyone Counts! The Holiday of Shavuos which will commence this Saturday night and continue through Monday night, commemorates G-d’s Revelation at Mount Sinai when He Proclaimed the Ten Commandments in the presence of the entire Jewish Nation. The Revelation could not take place until every single individual was accounted for. From this …

  • Peaceful, Pleasurable and Cleansing

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar) Peaceful, Pleasurable and Cleansing Greetings from the Holy City of Jerusalem! Malki and I are here celebrating the wedding of Doni Kandel and Chava Rutta. Chava is the daughter of our dear friends Richie and Julie Rutta. Shavuos – Wednesday & Thursday May 15th & 16th 2013 As we are entering the …

  • Opportunities

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar) Opportunities! Years ago while sitting next to a friend in Shul on Friday night during a particularly spirited Kabalat Shabbat service, he turned to me and said he was deeply moved by the singing and prayers which took him back to his youth when he attended Kabalat Shabbat services with his father. …

  • Higher

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar/Shavuos) Higher! The upcoming Holiday of Shavuos commemorates the one-time awesome event where G-d communicated and proclaimed the Ten Commandments to the entire Jewish Nation at Mount Sinai. To become worthy of this exalted level of Revelation, the nation had to gradually prepare and spiritually elevate themselves for the fifty days that passed …

  • The Greatest

    (Torah Portion Bamidbar/Shavuos) The Greatest! “I’m the greatest of all time!” I can vividly recall those boastful words of the late boxer Muhammad Ali extolling his own greatness pompously and haughtily.Yes, we all wish and hope for greatness, but the evaluation of greatness should be realized by an outside objective assessment not by one’s self. …