May 27, 2017  •  2 Sivan, 5777 - 46th day of the Omer  •  Torah Portion: Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20  •  Haftorah: Hosea 2:1-22

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Mishkal HaChassidus — Is This The Time And The Place To Be Pious?

These divrei Torah were adapted from the hashkafa portion of Rabbi Yissocher Frand’s Commuter Chavrusah Tapes on the weekly portion: CD #1033 – Conning Someone Out Of A Mitzvah. Good Shabbos! In his classic work, Mesillas Yesharim, Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzatto [1707-1746] (the Ramchal) traces the different spiritual levels a person passes through on the […]

Mishna 10-11(a): Following in our Footsteps

“Rabban Yochanan ben (son of) Zakkai had five [primary] students. They were: Rabbi Eliezer ben Hurkenos, Rabbi Yehoshua ben Chananya, Rabbi Yossi the Priest, Rabbi Shimon ben Nesanel, and Rabbi Elazar ben Arach.” Mishna 11 “He used to enumerate their praises: R. Eliezer ben Hurkenos is a cemented pit which never loses a drop; R. […]

Whose Torah?

BS”D Volume 31, No. 30 2 Sivan 5777 May 27, 2017 Sponsored by the Katz family on the yahrzeits of Avigdor Moshe ben Avraham Abba Hakohen Katz a”h and the other kedoshim of Oyber Visheve, Hungary, Hy”d This coming week, we observe Shavuot, the time of the Giving of the Torah. Regarding that event, the […]

More Clear Year After Year

I have been thinking a lot recently about something I heard many years ago at an alumni dinner. It’s a deeply profound and elegant explanation given by a friend from “Yeshiva days”, who tragically passed away just this week. He was a young man, a father, a friend, a Tzadik. He briefly shared with me […]

Everyone Counts

“…according to the number of names…”(1:3) Chazal refer to the fourth book of the Torah as Sefer HaPekudim – The Book Of Counting. Presumably this is because of the census found in this week’s Parsha. However, this is not the first census Bnei YisroeI took. We find a similar census in Sefer Shemos. What is […]

Enjoy the Ride

This week we begin Sefer Bamidbar. “And Hashem spoke to Moshe in the Midbar {wilderness} of Sinai. [1:1]” The Medrash [Rabbah 1:7] teaches: Why did the passuk {verse} stress that Hashem spoke to Moshe specifically in the midbar? Our Sages have learned that the Torah was given through water, fire and wilderness. Additionally, only one […]


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