“You can therefore see that I am placing before you this day a blessing and a curse.” Parshah summary: Moses continues to instruct the people. They are given the choice of a blessing or a curse. Next, they are warned to eradicate any remnants of idolatry from the land. Any offering must be brought to [...]
Tefillah Moses is said to have prayed to HaShem 515 times-the numerical value (gematria) of va’eschanan-to be allowed to enter the Promised land. (Midrash Rabbah) According to Rashi, there are 10 words for prayer. The Midrash Rabbah lists them as: cry, howl, groan, song, encounter, stricture, prostration, judgment and beseeching. (Tefillah must be the 10th? I count only 9 there.) Tefillah (prayer) is derived from [...]
Recounting Our Sorrow: Tisha B’Av Service at OneShul.org Please support OneShul by giving a generous donation safely and securely via Paypal to email@example.com This prayer service can be viewed below or download here. Kavanot (intentions): to grieve for the losses that have happened in our lives, the events which took place to alter our entire [...]
Parsha Matot-Massei vs. Kol Nidre: by OneShul.org If you enjoy this text, please support with a donation to OneShul.org (a non-profit organization) via Paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org Notes also available in PDF form by clicking here Premises: vows connect the desert (bamidbar) to the last words of Torah, dvarim (words). The world as we live in [...]
What Does God Want From Me?: a Parshat Pinchas Torah Study by OneShul.org Presented by Patrick Aleph Premise: the Bible often has conflicting moral messages. Our goal as Jews is to figure out what the message is, so that we can live the moral message correctly. PaRDeS Method: P’shat (literal), Remez (metaphorical), Drush [...]
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Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1–12:16) Summary Aaron is commanded to raise light in the lamps of the menorah, and the tribe of Levi is initiated into the service in the Sanctuary. A “Second Passover” is instituted in response to the petition, ”Why should we be deprived?” by a group of Jews who were unable to bring the [...]
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