Parsha Roundup

  • The 29th!

    Our Parsha describes the unsettling incident when a portion of the Jews worshipped the golden calf. This occurred while our leader Moshe was in heaven for 40 days and nights being taught by G-d Himself the entirety of Torah with all its laws and details. Issues began when the Egyptian contingent that joined the Jews …

  • Influencers!

    Twenty-eight years ago, I embarked on a project, to send out a weekly D’var Torah. I called it the Shabbat Shalom Fax – since at that time, February 1995, faxes were the means of spreading information to the masses in a timely fashion. After some time, recipients began calling it the Saks Fax. As technology …

  • Way to Say!

    One of the many laws stated in this week’s Parsha is the law to direct a fellow Jew on the correct path to appreciate and observe the Torah. Understandably, one needs to use his Seichel – intellect – to understand where the person is coming from in order to reprove him without embarrassing him and …

  • 27 Years!

    Avi Epstein, our six year old grandson, enjoys playing soccer with his friends during recess at school. For a while, a boy was intentionally disrupting the game, and there seemed no effective way of stopping him from doing so. A few days went by and my daughter Gitty asked Avi how the soccer games were …

  • 13+13+26!

    For the past twenty-six years, I have had the privilege to dispense Torah ideas through the Shabbat Shalom Message. This week we complete our twenty-sixth cycle of messages! I consider it an enormous merit and responsibility to provide and share Torah ideas, information and inspiration to the many readers who come from a varied background …

  • Silver Anniversary!

    I have had the privilege to present Torah ideas through the Shabbat Shalom Message for the past twenty-five years. This week completes our twenty-fifth cycle of messages, and throughout this time I missed only two weeks! The list has grown to over 22,000 recipients! I consider it a great merit and an enormous responsibility to …

  • 24 Years!

    Torah Portion: Ki Sisah  Exodus 30:11 – 34:35 The Tablets that contained the Ten Commandments are discussed in this week’s Parsha. Moshe descended Mount Sinai with sapphire Tablets that originated in the Heavens. The Torah describes the script as, “engraved with G-d’s finger.” This script was miraculous, for even though it was carved through and …

  • A Fountain of Youth

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisa) A Fountain of Youth Shalom, greetings from the holy City of Jerusalem! Malki and I are here to attend the wedding of Meyer Yitzchok Cutler, son of Michael and Sheila Cutler and to visit with our daughter Gitty and son in law, Reuven and our son Yehoshua, who is currently studying …

  • Coded Names!

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisah) Coded Names!   With this week’s portion of Ki Sisa, we reached the milestone of having published the weekly Shabbat messages for seventeen years! Currently, there are over 4000 recipients! Let me share a fascinating insight derived from the Megilla of Esther that can bring an appreciation of this Rabbinically instituted …

  • Radiant Faces!/18 Cycle Milestone

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisa) Radiant Faces!/18 Cycle Milestone Referring to the holy day of Shabbos, the Torah writes, “Between Me and the children of Israel it is a sign forever.” How deep does this bond go? A good barometer of this deep connection is measured during times of great challenge. I recall reading an eyewitness …

  • Boy Wonder!

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisa) Boy Wonder! G-d chose Betzalel as the candidate for chief architect to construct and oversee the building of the Temple in the desert. G-d turned to Moshe and asked him if he thinks Betzalel was worthy for the job. Moshe said, “Of course, if he is good for You, he is …

  • Celebrate!

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisa) Celebrate! For more than a month there has been a flurry of news regarding the controversy over Prime Minister Bibi Natanyahu’s speech to congress. What effect his speech will have, is up to the jury and time to decide. On Purim we will all listen to the Megilla of Esther relating …

  • Twenty-One Years!

    (Torah Portion Ki Sisa ) Twenty-One Years! The Torah commanded Moshe to produce a special holy and consecrated oil to anoint and sanctify the Temple and its vessels. This oil was formulated with specific spices and oils. The Torah forbids anyone from using Moshe’s potion for anything other than its specified uses. The Torah also …