About the Author


Rabbi Yehoshua Berman

Rabbi Yehoshua Berman is an author and educator. In addition to managing a Kollel together with is colleague, Rabbi Dovid Kastin, Rabbi Berman founded and directs Lamdenu, the institute for identifying core communal concerns within the Orthodox Jewish community and addressing those concerns through the medium of awareness and education. He was the former director of C.A.R.E, Maaneh Center which deals with the prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse in the Jewish community.


One of Us: A Searing Look at Sexual Abuse in the Jewish Community

Exploring a number of issues that the much buzzed-about documentary raises.

National Unity, Individual Importance

"Torah tzivah lanu Moshe, morasha kehillas Yaakov, Moshe commanded us Torah, [the]...

Sweet Rain

"Let my teaching be sweet like rain, my sayings should be accepted like dew, like the...

Choose Life

"See I have put before you today the life and the good, and the death and the evil. That I am...

Of a Different Order

"And it shall be that when you come to the Land that Hashem your Lord gives to you as an...

Don’t Forget to Live

“There shall not be in your pouch a stone and a stone, large and small. There shall not be...

Ahavas Chesed

The last topic in this week’s parsha is that of eglah arufah, the slain heifer. If a man is...

Open Your Heart, Open Your Hand

When instructing us in the mitzvah of tzedakah the verse employs two expressions of warning: "...

About Reward In This World

One of the sections of this week's parsha is the second paragraph of the daily Shema. The first...

Life Is Not a Game

In this week's parsha, we find something that at first glance does not appear to be so astounding,...

The Right Rebuke

"These are the words that Moshe spoke to all of Yisrael on the other side of the Yardein,...

It's In the Details

The beginning of the parsha enumerates all of the points of encampment of the Jewish People...

Keep Your Focus

Two weeks ago, in parshas Balak, we learned about how the people of Midyan ensnared many of the...

Devotion Brings Shalom

The parsha opens with the reward of kehuna (the priesthood) given to Pinchas for his valiant act...

Yes, God Loves YOU

Towards the end of the parsha, we find a somewhat cryptic, poetic song that the Jewish People sang...

Keep Yourself In Check

One of the central events in the parsha is the attempted rebellion of Korach and his cohorts...

It's God, Not You

"And Hashem spoke to Moshe to say: Speak to Bnei Yisrael and you shall say to them upon your...

The Right Outlook

"And Hashem said to Moshe in the Sinai Desert in the second year from their exodus from Egypt, in...

To Be Big

Towards the end of the parsha, we read the description of the sacrifice that the Nesi'im (Princes...

Be Humble, Be Wise

"And Hashem spoke to Moshe on Har Sinai saying. Speak to Bnei Yisrael and you shall say to...

And From Your Hand Have They Given To You

Towards the end of the parsha, we find a very interesting organization of mitzvos. Right in the...

Being Holy, Being Good

There is a very interesting sequence that begins this week's parsha. The opening mitzvah is...

No Matter Who, Where or When

The beginning of this parsha deals with the service of the Kohein Gadol on Yom Kippur. The end of...

The Sanctity of Marriage

When the Kohen Gadol carries out the service in the Kodesh Ha’Kodashim (the Holy of Holies)...

Deathly White or Purely White?

The major topic of this parsha is tzaraas, the spiritual malady that manifests as spots on a...

Know Your Limitations

Regarding tzaraas spots found on the walls of one's house, the Torah emphasizes that one must tell...

Everyone Needs a Push

"Command Aharon and his sons [by] saying, this is the teaching of the olah, it is the olah on...

No Competition

"...And Hashem spoke to Moshe...speak to Bnei Yisrael, and you shall say to them, an...

All From Above

There is an interesting shift of expression in two pesukim that follow one another. The first...

Refresh, Reinvigorate, Refine

"And Moshe gathered the entire congregation of Bnei Yisrael, and he said to them, 'These are...

Only to Hashem Alone

- Based on the Divrei Torah of Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg zt”l - A major issue that appears in...

The Core Purpose

After giving detailed instructions of the procedure for the inauguration of the Mishkan and the...

What Really Counts

Parshas Terumah begins the series of parshiyos that deal with the process of the construction of...

Don't Forget

In parshas Yisro we were given the Ten Commandments, and Moshe was established as the true prophet...

Just the Straightforward Facts

After having experienced the miracles of the 10 Plagues and the splitting of the sea, the Jewish...

Life's Symphony

Certainly, the splitting of the Red Sea is a magnificent climax to the whole process of the...

Educating Our Children

Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg pointed out a very interesting insight. The verse says, "And in order...

The Tightest Bond

“And the Almighty spoke to Moshe, and He said to him ‘I am Hashem. And I appeared to...

Think

We are all familiar with the history of the difficult period of the enslavement of the Jewish...

Heaven and Earth, Earth and Heaven

Preceding the passing of his father Yaakov, Yosef brings his two sons Ephraim and Menashe to their...

The Secret of Forgiveness

In this week's parsha, we read of the dramatic moment when Yosef reveals his identity to his...

True Confession

When Yosef's brothers descend to Egypt to buy food, Yosef recognizes them and carries out the...

The Winning Strategy

The wife of Potiphar coveted Yosef, and she was quite forward in her attempts to achieve her...

True Gratitude

From Yaakov Avinu's prayer for salvation from the hand of his brother Eisav, we can glean a great...

Higher Purpose

On his way to Charan to temporarily live in the house of his uncle Lavan, Yaakov stops in a...

True Might

The third and final of the patriarchs enters onto the scene in our current parsha. Yaakov is born...

Details, Details

The topic that occupies the bulk of this week's parsha is the search for Yitzchak's wife. Avraham...

Accepting Rebuke

The people of Sodom where wicked to the core. One of the many expressions of their evil lifestyle...

Avraham and Lot

God commands Avraham to leave the Land of his fathers and move to the Land of Canaan (later to...

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