Parsha Halacha for the Shabbos Table
By Josh and Tammy Kruger with Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer
This weekly parasha series is meant to create meaningful, interactive discussions for the whole family at the Shabbos table. The format begins with a story intended to attract the children’s attention. It presents a halachic dilemma that is connected to the weekly parasha. A discussion section follows that is organized in a question and answer format. Finally, an epilogue is presented that illustrates how the story’s characters applied the relevant halacha to their dilemma. The content will hopefully be interesting for both children and adults.
Every family has its own unique character. In order to maximize the potential of the Dvar Torah for your family, we recommend that you first review the content and ‘customize’ the text according to your audience. Consider changing the details of the story (e.g. character names) to ones that will be of greater interest to your family. While the story is meant to be appreciated by even the youngest members of the family, the questions can vary in complexity, and you should use your discretion to focus on the ones that are most likely to be appreciated by your audience.
We welcome any feedback/suggestions.
Josh and Tammy Kruger
Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer
Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer was born and educated in London, England, before continuing his Torah education in Israel. He has served as a Dayan (Rabbinical Judge) for several years on a Jerusalem monetary court, and is currently the chief rabbi and modulator of an international halachah website. He has written numerous books and articles on different subjects of Jewish law and Jewish thought, lectures extensively for various forums in Israel and abroad, and has taught at several yeshivot – most recently (and currently) "Chedvat HaTorah" in Jerusalem. He received rabbinic ordination in 2007, and holds a law degree (honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He resides in Jerusalem with his wife and seven children.
Josh Kruger and Tammy Nusbaum-Kruger were both born and raised in Toronto. They studied at local Jewish day schools and then in Israel at Yeshivas Kerem B’Yavneh and Midreshet Moriah respectively. They met and married as undergraduate university students. After completing their training at the University of Toronto School of Medicine, they made aliya in 2004 to the city of Modiin. Tammy works as a local family doctor, and Josh is an ophthalmologist at Hadassah Medical Center. They are blessed with six children. In an effort to create a meaningful Shabbos table experience for their family, they began to prepare divrei torah in 2011 which presented halachic dilemmas related to the weekly sedra. At the encouragement of their friends they developed their work into a formal project under the auspices of Rabbi Pfeffer.
This project is dedicated to the ilui neshama of Frumit Bat Yosef, Edith Nusbaum a"h, who exemplified devotion to family, Torah, and Shabbos.
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- Bereishis Havdala: The Great Separation
- Noach Property Upgrades
- Lech Lecha Do I Have to Ask Permission?
- Vayera A Hospital Visit
- Chayei Sarah Shevuah and Neder
- Toldos Washing a Kohen’s Hands
- Vayishlach Limitations of Techum: How Far Can I Walk on Shabbos?
- Vayeishev Vows and Dreams
- Miketz Lighting the Menorah
- Vayigash Parashas Vayigash – Rebuke
- Vayechi Parashas Vayechi – Bedtime Hamapil
- Shemos Parshas Shemos – Magic
- Vaera Parshas Vaera – Praying in a Non-Jewish City
- Bo Parshas Bo – Mezuza
- Beshalach Parshas Beshalach – Lechem Mishneh, Two Loaves of Challah
- Yisro Parshas Yisro – Waking Up Your Parents
- Mishpatim Parshas Mishpatim – Borrowing
- Terumah Parshas Teruma – The Kotel
- Tetzaveh Shoes
- Ki Sisa Half Shekel
- Vayakhel-Pekudei Garbage on Shabbos
- Vayikra Salt
- Tzav Forgotten Chametz
- Shemini Visiting a Shiva House
- Tazria-Metzorah Tattletaling
- Acharei Mos-Kedoshim Children Fasting on Yom Kippur
- Emor Sefiras HaOmer
- Behar-Bechukosai Arvus – Communal Responsibility
- Bamidbar Bamidbar
- Naso Birkas Cohanim
- Behaaloscha Im Yirtzeh Hashem – G-d Willing
- Shlach Tzitzis
- Korach Washing the Kohen’s Hands
- Chukas-Balak Feeding Animals
- Chukas-Balak Privacy
- Pinchas Musaf
- Matos-Masei Tevilas Keilim – Dipping Your Kitchen Utensils
- Devarim Bishul Akum
- Vaeschanan Keriyas Shema
- Eikev Birkas Hamazon
- Reeh The Prohibition to Destroy G-d’s name
- Shoftim Astrology
- Ki Seitzei Aveida Mida’as
- Ki Savo Visiting and Living in Egypt
- Netzavim-Vayeilech Writing a Sefer Torah
- Haazinu Birchos HaTorah