In this week's parsha the nation of Israel find themselves running for their lives as Egypt gives chase towards the Sea of Reeds...
Rashi (14;10) relates that the nation of Israel adopted the craft of their forefathers (to pray to Hashem for help). However, in the very next pasuk (14;11) the nation of Israel begin complaining to Moshe saying, "Is it because there are not enough graves in Egypt that you took us out to die in the Wilderness?" If the… Continue
Added by Jason Behar on January 29, 2010 at 5:41pm —
you can find 4 new video classes
1. Ways of Reason Intro Part 1
2. Ways of Reason Intro Part 2
3. Intro to Path of the Just
4. Jumping into the sea!
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on January 29, 2010 at 9:26am —
שבת טעם החיים בשלח תש"ע
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Beshalach 5770
Manna and Preparing for Shabbos
ויהי ביום הששי לקטו לחם משנה שני העמר לאחד ויבאו כל נשיאי העדה ויגידו למשה, it happened on the sixth day that they gathered a double portion of food, two omers for each; and all the princes of the assembly came and told Moshe. (Shemos 16:22)
In this week’s parasha the Torah spends an inordinate amount of time discussing the manna, the food that fell… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 29, 2010 at 3:00am —
The Talmud (Rosh HaShaashana 2a) teaches that the 15th of She vat is the New Year for trees. According to Rashi ZT’L ZY’A (14a) this is literally the trees’ new year when the sap begins flowing anew thus beginning the year’s produce.
Rabbi Yisrael Chaim Friedman ZT’L ZY’A in Lekutei Ma’riach ZT’L ZY’A citing Magen Avraham ZT’L ZY’A commenting on Orach Chaim 131 (note 16) that Ashkenazi (European) Jews have adopted the practice to celebrate the date with eating additional fruit in… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 28, 2010 at 7:28pm —
It is a Segula for parnosa to say parshas hamon today, Tuesday of Parshas Beshalach. Click this
Parshas HaMon wih Targum.pdf
Added by Rav Mitterhoff on January 26, 2010 at 4:00pm —
In this week's parsha the Jews get rich as they empty out Egypt of all their wealth (gold, silver, precious stones, pearls, etc.).
The Torah tells us (11;2) that Hashem asked Moshe: "Please speak in the ears of the people; Let each man request of his fellow and each woman from her fellow silver vessels and gold vessels."
The question is: Why did Hashem make the nation of Israel ask Egypt for all their wealth--if He was really so concerned to… Continue
Added by Jason Behar on January 22, 2010 at 9:28am —
Formally declaring the arrival of the New Moon by those responsible for ruling Bene Yisrael became the first commandment given to Bene Israel after what had been an extended family emerged as a nation. The commandment detailed in Shemoth 12:2 Has the First of Nisan set a new year, the first of a year’s months.
The obvious question is why? After all one would expect the first commandment addressed to the nation would be something dramatic. How to set the calendar? How one’s time is… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 22, 2010 at 6:59am —
שבת טעם החיים בא תש"ע
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Bo 5770
The Great Redemption and Renewal
החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים ראשון הוא לכם לחדשי השנה, this month shall be for you the beginning of the months, it shall be for you the first of the months of the year. (Shemos 12:2)
This week’s parasha is famous for the recording of the redemption of the Jewish People from Egypt. What passes under the radar is the mention of the first mitzvah that was given to the… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 22, 2010 at 3:55am —
Phsycologists' researches have shown that grateful people enjoy many advantages, from living happier lives to even sleeping better.
In this week's parsha we learn the greatness of gratitude.
Rashi (7;19) relates that Moshe told Aaron to hit the river (instead of doing it himself) because the river protected him (see: 2;3--Note: Moshe also had to show gratitude by the plagues of blood and frogs). The Midrash (Shemos Rabbah, 9;10) states that… Continue
Added by Jason Behar on January 15, 2010 at 6:51pm —
When does exile begin or end ? The mere physical location cannot be as significant as the psycho-emotional and spiritual aspects are explored. G-D uses in 6:6-7 four separate languages of redemption the first calls for taking Jewry out from under “SIVLOOTH MITZRYUM” Literally this reefers to the oppression of servitude, However another reading is as sovlonuth, patience or tolerance. Therefore, Rabbi Meir of Permishlan ZY’A thought thinking exile is tolerable, an acceptance of the way things are… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 15, 2010 at 8:27am —
שבת טעם החיים וארא תש"ע
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vaeira 5770
Ten plagues and Ten Utterances
ולא ישמע אליכם פרעה ונתתי את ידי במצרים והוצאתי את צבאותי את עמי בני ישראל מארץ מצרים בשפטים גדולים, Pharaoh will not heed you, and I shall put My hand upon Egypt; and I shall take out My legions – My people the Children of Israel – from the land of Egypt, with great judgments. (Shemos 7:4)
Ten Makkos, Makkos Ten, the Mitzriim were punished, again and… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 15, 2010 at 3:25am —
Many people ask: What is the most important character trait for a leader?
I think we could answer this question from this week's parsha...
In this week's parsha, Hashem persuades Moshe to lead the nation of Israel out of Egypt.
Rashi (4;10) relates that it took Hashem a full 7 days to persuade Moshe to lead the nation of Israel (a conversation that takes up 36 pesukim in the torah!). However, why did Hashem so strongly insist that… Continue
Added by Jason Behar on January 8, 2010 at 7:28am —
שבת טעם החיים שמות תש"ע
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Shemos 5770
Have compassion now for future generations
ויפן כה וכה וירא כי אין איש ויך את המצרי ויטמנהו בחול, he turned this way and that and saw that there was no man, so he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand(Shemos 2:12).
The Torah records how Moshe went out to his brothers and witnessed an Egyptian hitting one of his fellow Jews. Moshe looked both ways and then struck the Egyptian,… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 8, 2010 at 4:12am —
The Torah as a D-vinely authored document is eternal. The narrative is no mere memorial recording history but is a medium for conveying a dynamic message relevant throughout time. Therefore when reading the opening sidrot of Shemot recounting the Egyptian servitude and Exodus one should read the text on two levels first is the historic experience of Bene Yisrael and beyond that what lessons these events teach subsequent generations.
The Book of Shemot begins with informing the reader… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 7, 2010 at 9:40pm —
שבת טעם החיים ויחי תש"ע
Shabbos: Ta’am HaChaim Vayechi 5770
From Mercy to Justice
ויברך את יוסף ויאמר האלקים אשר התהלכו אשר אבתי לפניו אברהם ויצחק האלקים הרעה אתי מעודי עד היום הזה, he blessed Yosef and he said, “O G-d before Whom my forefathers Avraham and Yitzchak walked – G-d Who shepherds me from my inception until this day (Bereishis 48:15).
In this week’s parasha the Torah records the blessings that Yaakov conferred upon Yosef and his… Continue
Added by Rabbi Binyomin Adler on January 1, 2010 at 2:16am —
As Yaakov Avinu A’H took leave of his sons he called his sons to gather and hear what will be in the end of days (49:1). However, the next sentence has Yaakov seemingly repeating himself in calling his sons to collect themselves and listen to their father (see 49:2). Rashi ZT’L ZY’A (49:1) explains Yaakov wished to impart to his sons the Ketz, when will the dawn of the messianic era happen. However, G-D’s presence left Yaakov and he began to say other things.
The Talmud (Pesachim… Continue
Added by Bernard S. Antin on January 1, 2010 at 1:42am —