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Dr. Avigdor Bonchek

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He Has No Blood

This week's parsha comes right after the Giving of the Torah at Sinai, and contains numerous...

Outward Appearances

This parsha tells of the serious sin of the Spies and its fateful consequence – that the...

In The First Month

This week's parsha (and the following two, as well) tells about several incidents that occurred...

The Guilty Person

This week's parsha is a mixed bag of mitzvos. It starts with the responsibilities of the Tribe of...

Counted From Birth

This week we start Bamidbar, the fourth book of the Torah. The book contains stories of the events...

The Blessing of Peace

This parsha deals with the blessing that we merit when we keep the mitzvot and the curse...

Hashem's Appointed Festivals

Leviticus 23:2 "Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: Hashem's appointed...

Sabbath and Festivals

Chapter 23 in this week's parsha discusses the festivals of the year. Leviticus 23:3 "Six...

Love the Convert

This week's parshiyot include Kedoshim, which is a central parsha in the Torah. Rashi, in his...

Lesson in Modesty

The Torah discusses various kinds of "leprous" afflictions which can befall man, his...

A Fire Came Forth

This week's parsha tells of the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) by Aaron and the tragedy of...

For the Sake of "This"

This Shabbat is Shabbat Hagadol, the Shabbat preceding the holiday of Pesach. In that spirit, we...

"When," Not "If"

This week we start the third book of the Torah, Vayikra. The book is referred to as the Laws of...

Exile and the Mishkan

This week we end the book of Shmot (Exodus). In light of this, I would like to analyze the...

They Desired Many Gods

Our Parsha tells of the Nation's inconceivable fall from grace and horrendous sin when 3,000 of...

It Was Despicable

This Shabbat, a week before Purim, is Shabbat Zachor, when we remember what Amalek did to our...

Never Remove the Rings

This week's parsha discusses the Mishkan – the portable House of God - which traveled with...

Upon His Staff

After the Ten Commandments in parshat Yitro, the Torah gives us parshat Mishpatim, which deals...

Yitro Went Back

This week's parsha contains the Ten Commandments, so its significance is quite central. But before...

Please Speak

In this week's parsha we have the finale of the ten plagues. Pharaoh at long last breaks under the...

I Appeared to the Forefathers

This parsha is central in the events of the redemption from Egypt. The first seven plagues are...

He Saw Their Burdens

After completing the Book of the Fathers, the Book of the beginnings (Bereishit), we now begin the...

Happened To Meet Us

This week we begin the second book of the Torah, the book of Exodus. The book relates the history...

Jacob and Shema

Jacob goes to meet his long-lost son, Joseph. Their meeting is quite emotional, as we would have...

Go Down

Our parsha continues the drama of Joseph and his brothers. There is famine in the land of Canaan...

Many Days

This week's parsha tells of the trials and tribulations of the sons of Jacob and how their anger...

The Muzzled Camels

The parsha relates two main stories. The first: Sarah's death and burial. The second: Abraham's...

And Hashem Remembered

Bereishit is the Book of the Forefathers. There is much that we can learn from them and Abraham is...

Hagar's Outcry

This parsha tells us of the origins of Am Yisrael - the experiences and travails of Avram and...

The End of All Flesh

Man was banished from the Garden of Eden after Adam's sin and was made to live in this world with...

Where Is Your Brother?

We begin a new Torah reading cycle this week (immediately after Simchas Torah) and with it new...

Worshipping Foreign Gods

Making sense of the Targum gives us a better understanding of the verse. Deuteronomy...

A Kiss of Hashem

We are nearing the end, unfortunately, of the Holy Day season. The final days are Sh'mini Atzeret...

Sukkot 5771

On the week of Sukkot we are commanded to live (eat our meals, spend our free time and sleep) in...

Yom Kippur 5772

Yom Kippur is considered by all Jews as the solemnest day of the year. It is the day we stand...

Rosh Hashanah 5770

This year Rosh Hashanah falls out on Shabbat and Sunday. We celebrate two days of Rosh Hashanah,...

And Moses Went

This week we have two short parshiyot as a double portion, Nitzavim-Vayelech. These parshiyot were...

Misleading the Blind

The parsha begins with the mitzvah of the offering of first fruits and ends with the blessing and...

The Escaped Slave

This week's parsha contains more mitzvot (74) than any parsha in the Torah. Among them are various...

We, the Elders

This week's parsha details many laws between Man and Man. At the end of the parsha we are taught...

Laws of Slaughtering

This week's parsha speaks of laws pertaining to coming into Eretz Yisrael, destroying the pagan...

For You Were Strangers

This week's parsha continues Moses' talk to the People, preparing them for entrance into the Land...

In The Eyes Of The Nations

This week's parsha as part of Deuteronomy, which is the Mishneh Torah (the Repetition of the...

The Ox Knows

We now begin the fifth and last book of the Five Books of the Torah. Parshat Devarim always comes...

The Woman's Vow

Matot begins with the topic of vows. We learn the laws of a woman who makes a vow and either her...

Let Hashem Appoint

This week's parsha tells of Pinchas' reward for taking the initiative to blot out the shame of...

Moses' Forgiveness

This week we have a double parsha reading, Chukat/Balak, outside of Israel. (In Israel we read...

He Will Not Be As Korach

This week's parsha tells us of the first major organized rebellion against Moses and Aaron from...

Shavuot 5766

Shavuot is the time of the Giving of the Torah. The revelation at Sinai was certainly the most...

First Fruits

The Yom Tov of Pesach is dominated by the Seder night and learning the Haggadah. The following is...

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