Why is every person required to write a Sefer Torah for himself? Does that mean that the Torah requires every one of us to learn how to be a Sopher Stam, or ceremonial scribe? You'll find the answer in this week's 6-minute mini-lesson on Nitzavim-Vayelech, our Torah portion for the week. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Shabbat, for this is the last Shabbat of the year 5774:
The Torah commands us to be careful to deviate from its path in the slightest, neither to the right nor to the left. Here's a story for your Shabbat table, which brings the point home. Enjoy, and have a wonderful Shabbat!
Guarding our eyes is a tremendous mitzvah, but sometimes, we must open our eyes to do a tremendous mitzvah. The Gemara warns us not to be "stupidly pious"… Enjoy this week's mini-lesson and have a wonderful Shabbat!
During the time of the Holy Temple, whenever we slaughter beef or lamb, we must give three parts of the animal as a gift to the Cohanim - the shank, the tongue/cheek meat and the stomach. What is the special significance of this, because hopefully, we'll have to begin doing it again very soon. Enjoy this week's mini-lesson and have a wonderful Shabbat!
This week's Torah portion, Re'eh, guarantees that living our lives observantly will bring blessings, while the opposite holds true also, as we learn in the parable about "The Wise Shoemaker." Enjoy this week's mini-lesson, and may we all have a truly peaceful Shabbat...
There is nothing that doesn't appear in the Torah. If so, where does the Torah talk about a solution to the Hamas and Hizbolla underground assault tunnels that pose such a great threat? Enjoy this week's 8-minute mini-lesson, and have a wonderful Shabbat!