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Ki Tavo 5771 – Gilayon #717

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Ki Tavo In the morning you will say "Would that it were evening" And in the evening you will say "Would that it were morning" From your heart's fright with which you will be afraid And from the sight of your eyes that you will see. (Devarim 28:67)   And your life will dangle before you: This refers to the danger from the enemies in whose midst they dwell; they will fear day and night and not...

Ki Teitzei 5771 – Gilayon #716

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Ki Tetseh You shall not see your brother's donkey or his ox falling by the way and ignore him. You shall surely raise them up with him. (Devarim 22:4) You shall not see your brother's donkey. In Parashat Mishpatim (Shemot 23:5) the text reads "If you see your enemy's donkey" whereas here we read "your brother's donkey". This comes to teach that if one was your enemy he should return to being your brother in helping to...

Shoftim 5771 – Gilayon #715

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Shoftim When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut it down (for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege. (Devarim 20, 19)   For a tree of the field is man's life – I have already explained...

Va'etchanan 5771 – Gilayon #714

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Vaetchanan   The Lord did not make this covenant with our fathers but with us, those who are here today, all of us who are living. (Deut. 5:3)   Not with our fathers – alone did He make the convenant, but with us – as in "and your name shall no longer be called Jacob alone, but also Israel with it." As it states in Midrash Tehilim about "From the mouths of babes and nursing infants you...

Devarim 5771 – Gilayon #713

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Devarim Because of mount zion, which lies desolate; Jackals prowl over it On another occasion they were coming up to Jerusalem together, and just as they came to Mount Scopus they saw a jackal emerging from the Holy of Holies. They fell a-weeping and R. Akiva seemed merry. Wherefore, said they to him, are you merry? Said he: Wherefore are you weeping? Said they to him: A place of which it was once said, And the common...

Masei 5771 – Gilayon #712

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Mas'ey Zelophehad's Daughters Marry Ariel Rathaus The Book of Numbers ends with the mention of a festive event, the marriage of Zelophehad's daughters with their cousins, "the families of the sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph." However, as often happens even today, tension and contention preceded this wedding. At the end of Parashat Masa'ey, the second episode in the story of Zelophehad's daughters is told (Numbers 36:1-10), and it may be said that this episode creates...

Matot 5771 – Gilayon #711

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Matot The word of the lord came to me: What do you see, jeremiah? I replied: i see a branch of an almond tree. (From the haphtarah of Parashat Mattot, Jeremiah 1:11)   Said Rabbi Munah: Both according to those who opine that the city wall was breached on the ninth of the month and according those who opine it was on the seventeenth of Tammuz, from the date of breach until the destruction of the temple,...

Pinchas 5771 – Gilayon #710

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Pinchas Unto these the land shall be divided for an inheritance according to the number of names. To many thou shalt give the more inheritance, and to few thou shalt give the less inheritance: to every one shall his inheritance be given according to those that were numbered of him. Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit. According to the lot shall the...

Balak 5771 – Gilayon #709

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Balak And Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling by its tribes, and the spirit of God was upon him… How fair are your tents, O Yaakov, your dwellings, O Yisrael! (Bemidbar 24:5)   Your dwellings  – How fair are they even when they are in ruins because then they are a pledge for you , and the fact that they are in...

Chukat 5771 – Gilayon #708

Shabbat Shalom The weekly parsha commentary (link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Chukkat And they turned and they went up on the road to bashan, And og king of bashan came out to meet them in battle, He and all his troops, at edrei. (Bemidbar 21:33)   And Og went out – I have already explained in Parashat Lech Lecha why he was privileged to live so long, from Noah to Avraham. (Hizkuni, ibid., ibid.)   And the fugitive arrived – Explained Rashi – "this was Og, who survived...