Weekly Divrei Torah on the Parasha | Holidays | Chagim

By: R’ David Shaliehsaboo

Parashat Bereshit- A Godly Language

וַיִּ֩צֶר֩ ה' אֱ-לֹהִ֜ים מִן הָֽאֲדָמָ֗ה כָּל חַיַּ֤ת הַשָּׂדֶה֙ וְאֵת֙ כָּל־ע֣וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֔יִם וַיָּבֵא֙ אֶל הָ֣אָדָ֔ם לִרְא֖וֹת מַה יִּקְרָא ל֑וֹ וְכֹל֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יִקְרָא־ל֧וֹ הָֽאָדָ֛ם נֶ֥פֶשׁ חַיָּ֖ה ה֥וּא שְׁמֽוֹ. וַיִּקְרָ֨א הָֽאָדָ֜ם שֵׁמ֗וֹת לְכָל הַבְּהֵמָה֙...

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Sukkot- Happiness From The Sukkah

וְשָׂמַחְתָּ בְּחַגֶּךָ...וְהָיִיתָ אַךְ שָׂמֵחַ And you shall rejoice in your holiday...and you will be only happy. - Sukkot is called Zman Simchatenu, our time of happiness. The Torah even tells us to be happy on these days. The Rambam writes "Even though we are to...

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Yom Kippur- Two Goats, Two People

ונתן אהרן על שני השעירם גרלות גורל אחד לה' וגורל אחד לעזאזל And Aharon shall place lots upon the two goats, one lot "For Hashem," and the other lot, "For Azazel." - One of the Yom Kippur rituals while we still had the Bet HaMikdash was the Kohen Gadol choosing lots...

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Parashat Haazinu- Keep Learning

דִּבְרֵי הַתּוֹרָה הַזֹּאת... כִּי הוּא חַיֵּיכֶם וּבַדָּבָר הַזֶּה תַּאֲרִיכוּ יָמִים עַל הָאֲדָמָה... ...the words of this Torah... for it is your life, and through this you will lengthen your days on the land - Rashi writes that "It's not for nothing that you labor...

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Parashat Nitzavim- Vayelech- “Innocent” Dangers

...וַתִּרְאוּ אֶת שִׁקּוּצֵיהֶם וְאֵת גִּלֻּלֵיהֶם And you saw their abominations and their repugnant idols... - The story is told about a Talmid Chacham who spent many years living in a surrounding that didn't sync with his values. During that time he spent a lot  of...

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Parashat Ki Tavo- Bikkurim And Our History

...וְעָנִ֨יתָ וְאָֽמַרְתָּ֜ לִפְנֵ֣י ה' אֱ-לֹהֶ֗יךָ And you shall call out and say before Hashem, your God... - This weeks Parashah starts with the mitzva of Bikkurim, where we are commanded to bring the “first fruit”, that is the first of each of the seven special...

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Parashat Ki Tetze- The Lesson Of The Wayward Son

...כִּי־יִֽהְיֶ֣ה לְאִ֗ישׁ בֵּ֚ן סוֹרֵ֣ר וּמוֹרֶ֔ה אֵינֶ֣נּוּ שֹׁמֵ֔עַ בְּק֥וֹל אָבִ֖יו וּבְק֣וֹל אִמּ֑וֹ If a man has a wayward and rebellious son, who does not obey his father or his mother... - A summary of the laws of "ben sorer u'moreh" is as follows. When a...

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Parashat Shoftim- Mussar

כִּ֣י הַשֹּׁ֗חַד יְעַוֵּר֙ עֵינֵ֣י חֲכָמִ֔ים וִֽיסַלֵּ֖ף דִּבְרֵ֥י צַדִּיקִֽם... ...for bribery blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the just. - In discussing the importance of learning mussar, Rabbi Aharon Kotler, in his sefer Mishnat Rabbi Aharon,...

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Parashat Re’eh- Hashem Treats Us Well

...אֶת־הַבְּרָכָ֑ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּשְׁמְע֗וּ...וְהַקְּלָלָ֗ה אִם־לֹ֤א תִשְׁמְעוּ֙ The blessing, that you will heed the commandments...and the curse, if you will not heed the commandments... - This week's Parashah begins with a series of blessings and curses given to the...

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Parashat Ekev- Yearning For Torah

וַיְעַנּךָ וַיַּרְעִבֶךָ וַיַּֽאֲכִלְךָ אֶת הַמָּן...לְמַעַן הוֹדִֽיעֲךָ כִּ֠י לֹא עַל הַלֶּחֶם לְבַדּוֹ יִֽחְיֶה הָאָדָם כִּי עַל כָּל מוֹצָא פִי ה' יִחְיֶה הָאָדָֽם And He afflicted you and let you go hungry, and then fed you with the mann...to let you know that man...

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Parashat Va’etchanan- The Chain Of Mesorah

וְהוֹדַעְתָּם לְבָנֶיךָ וְלִבְנֵי בָנֶיךָ: יוֹם אֲשֶׁר עָמַדְתָּ לִפְנֵי ה' אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ בְּחֹרֵב... ...and you shall make [the Torah] known to your children and to your children's children, the day you stood before Hashem, your God at [Mount Sinai] - The Gemara in...

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Parashat Devarim- Observation

כִּי ה'... יָדַע לֶכְתְּךָ אֶת הַמִּדְבָּר הַגָּדֹל הַזֶּה זֶה אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה ה' אֱ-לֹהֶיךָ עִמָּךְ לֹא חָסַרְתָּ דָּבָר For Hashem... knows of your walking through this great desert, these forty years that Hashem, your God has been with you, you have lacked...

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Parashat Matot- Mas’ei- The Power Of Tefillah

אֶלֶף לַמַּטֶּה אֶלֶף לַמַּטֶּה לְכֹל מַטּוֹת יִשְׂרָאֵל תִּשְׁלְחוּ לַצָּבָא A thousand from each tribe, a thousand from each tribe, from all the tribes of Yisrael you shall send to the army - When the Jewish nation went to war with Midyan, writes the Midrash Rabbah,...

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Parashat Pinchas- The “Wrong” Thing For The Right Reasons

פִּינְחָס בֶּן אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן Pinchas the son of Elazar the son of Aharon the kohen - Pinchas, in a fit of anger on Hashem's behalf, killed Zimri, a well respected man, while he was sinning. Despite the initial reaction by some wanting to kill him...

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Parashat Balak- Listening For The Proper Message

מֵאֵן ה' לְתִתִּי לַהֲלֹךְ עִמָּכֶם "...Hashem has refused to let me go with you." - Balak, king of Moav, was afraid of the Jews, yet wanted to battle them. He decided to hire Bil'am, a non-Jewish prophet, to curse the Jewish nation, something he had been successful...

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