About the Author


Rabbi Ozer Alport

Ozer Alport was born and raised in Kansas City, a rare third-generation Midwestern Jew. After graduating from Harvard with a degree in economics, he went on to study in the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem for five years. He now lives in Brooklyn, where he teaches weekly Torah classes and authors Aish.com's Parsha Potpourri column, which were released in book form in 2012. To receive his weekly Torah emails, write to oalport@post.harvard.edu .


Ear Ache on Shabbos

In the beginning of Parshas Ha'azinu, the Midrash (Devarim Rabbah 10:1) cryptically asks whether...

Seven-Year Reading

Maimonides writes (Chagigah 3:1) that the purpose of gathering the people together to hear the...

Blueprint of Creation

Since the Torah is the blueprint for the entire Creation, it inherently contains within it...

Threats and Consolation

Parshas Ki Savo is commonly referred to as the parsha of tochacha - "rebuke." It is full...

Strength to Overcome

The parsha begins by discussing the y'fas toar - woman of beautiful form. The Torah permits a...

Brotherly Love

In the event that a set of witnesses is found to be lying and conspiring through the testimony of...

The Rewards of Outreach

The Torah is stricter regarding the treatment of the Meisit - inciter - than it is with any other...

Agricultural Dependence

Moshe stressed to the Jewish people that the land of Israel would be different than the land of...

Newborn Jews

There is a Talmudic maxim (Yevamos 97b) that "a non-Jew who converts to Judaism is legally...

Avoiding the Head Count

In the middle of his rebuke of the Jewish nation, Moshe blessed them that God should increase...

A Mother's Prayer

An accidental murderer is required to flee to a city of refuge and remain there until the death of...

The Unknown Revoked Vow

The Torah says that in a case where a woman took a vow which her husband subsequently revoked, God...

Calculating the Inheritance

A young man suddenly became ill and found himself on his death bed. He realized that he hadn't yet...

Getting What You Want

Many times in life we are convinced that we know what we need, and we become upset when...

Release From City of Refuge

The Torah requires (Numbers 35:28) a person who accidentally kills another Jew to flee to one of...

Never Again!

After Korach's rebellion was quashed and the doubts that he raised about the legitimacy of the...

One Good Hour

In relating that Moshe sent spies to scout out the land of Israel, the Torah refers to the spies...

The Light of Shabbos Food

During their travels in the wilderness, a group of complainers began to protest the Manna that...

Assigning the Holy Tasks

In dividing the tasks among the Levites, why were the most holy tasks - the responsibility for the...

The Smallest Tribe

The tribe of Levi contained the holiest Divine servants, yet it numbered only 22,000 (Numbers...

Proud To Be a Jew

This week we conclude the book of Leviticus with Parshas Bechukosai, which is commonly referred to...

Sleeping Soundly

In the spring of 1943 Rabbi Yosef Shlomo Kahaneman, known as the Ponovezher Rav, established an...

Natural Death

The Torah (Leviticus 21:5) prohibits various extreme forms of mourning the death of loved ones. As...

Roots of Revenge

Roots of Revenge In explaining the roots of the prohibition against taking revenge Leviticus...

Constant Tzedakah

Constant Tzedakah Rabbi Yonason Eibeshutz was once collecting tzedakah for a poverty-stricken...

Treasure House

"When you come to the Land of Canaan which I am giving to you for an inheritance, and I will...

The Pungent Aroma

When he was six years old, the Vilna Gaon was asked if he could explain the juxtaposition of the...

Aharon's Silence

Aharon's incredible reaction to the tragic death of his two sons.

Using Up Merits

"V'zot torat zevach hashelamim asher yakriv Lashem im al today yakrivenu." (Lev....

Voluntary Offerings

Many of the offerings described in Parshas Vayikra are completely voluntary in nature. If these...

Changing the Blueprint

In his commentary on Exodus 40:21, the Baal HaTurim points out that the Torah emphasizes that...

The Winning Vote

There seems to be an internal inconsistency in Exodus 36:7 with which a number of commentators...

Shabbat in the Desert

Exodus 31:16-17 discuss the mitzvah of observing and guarding Shabbos, which is a sign between God...

Wisdom of the Heart

Parshas Tetzaveh introduces us to the unique garments that were worn by the Kohanim during the...

Golden Inside and Out

The Talmud (Yoma 72b) teaches that just as the Holy Ark was covered with the same gold coverings...

Appreciating the Effort

Upon discovering that an animal in his flock or herd has been killed by wild animals, the Torah...

Constructive Criticism

Parshas Yisro begins by relating that Yisro heard about all of the miracles that God performed for...

A Different Unity

Rashi notes that when the Jewish people arrived at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:2), they encamped כאיש...

Blood on the Door

God instructed Moshe (Ex. 12:13) to command the Jewish people to place the blood from their...

Hitting the Frogs

In Exodus 8:2, Rashi writes that initially, the dreaded plague of frogs only consisted of one frog...

Moshe's Parents

Why is no mention made of the names of the names of Moshe's parents, who obviously had great...

Rolling Home

Rashi writes (Gen. 47:29) that one of Yaakov's reasons for not wanting to be buried in Egypt was...

Educational Foundation

After a tumultuous roller-coaster of events, Yaakov's sons returned to Canaan and informed him...

Ingenious Plan

The brothers could not have used an impostor for Benyamin.

Whiter Than Milk

Rabbi Shalom Schwadron points out that the entire miraculous unfolding of events in the upcoming...

Fear of Attack

The Torah relates that upon hearing that Eisav was coming toward him with 400 men, Yaakov became...

Confident Protection

Rashi writes (28:11) that before going to sleep, Yaakov placed stones around his head because he...

Self-Made Man

​We are never too old to learn.​

Regretting a Good Deed

Regretting a Good Deed Rashi writes (23:2) that the death of Sarah is juxtaposed to the binding...

Praying For Others

Rashi writes that the section recounting Sarah's conception of Yitzhak (Genesis 21:1) is...

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