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Dr. Avigdor Bonchek

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Those Who Are Not Here

We have two parshiot this week, Nitzavim and Vayelech. Both are Moses' last words to the...

The First Fruits

The parsha begins with the laws of the First Fruits and the blessing one must say when he brings...

The Beautiful Woman

The Parsha begins with a very unusual law: The Law of the Beautiful Woman captured in...

Bribery

This parsha deals mainly with the laws that are relevant for the just running of a society. The...

To Love Hashem

In this week's parsha we have one of the most central (if not THE central) mitzva in the Torah:...

Shabbat And Redemption

This sedra repeats the Ten Commandments, which we had in Parshat Yitro in the Book of Exodus....

These Are The Words

Rashi's first comment in the Book of Deuteronomy is one that shows concern for the honor of the...

With The Sword

In Parshat Matot, Moses is given the command to take revenge on the Midianites for what they did...

Freedom Of Will

Numbers 22:35 (After Bilaam's confrontation with his trouble-making donkey, the angel of God says...

Evil To Our Fathers

A drash that characteristically notices nuances in the text. Numbers 20:15 "And our fathers...

Forgiveness As You Said

This parsha tells of the episode of the Spies that were sent on a mission by Moses. Unfortunately...

On a Distant Way

The Torah discusses the laws of a person who could not bring the Pascal offering because he was...

Shavuot 5764

MATAN TORAH As we prepare to read about Matan Torah on Chag Hashavuot, we will depart from our...

Friendly Fire

We will analyze Rashi on the following verses, which speaks of the blessings Israel will reap when...

Day After The Sabbath

This week's Parsha deals with many laws of the Kohanim. Also included are the laws of the Holy...

Do Not Abide Wages

This week's double Parsha contains some of the most important Mitzvos in the Torah. The laws of...

Head to Toe

This week we have double Torah reading: Tazria-Metzora. Both Parshiyot deal with the laws of...

If I Had Eaten

BACKGROUND Aaron's sons, Nadav and Avihu, died while they were offering a self-initiated offering...

Tell Your Son

At the Seder table we read the Haggada Shel Pesach. A central verse in the Haggada is from Exodus...

The Anointed One

The following is a puzzling comment that is a brainteaser. This is really a complex...

When a Prince Sins

A morally inspiring comment, whose psychological kernel is eternally true. We begin a new sefer...

The First Month

This week we also read Parshat HaChodesh, the portion of the new moon, from Parshat Bo, Exodus...

Then Came Amalek

On Shabbos Zachor we read from Deut. 25:17. But Amalek's attack is originally recounted in the...

If You Abuse Him

This Parsha enumerates many "Laws Between Man and Man." The common denominator among...

Seeing the Sounds

After the Torah relates God's giving the Ten Commandments at Mt. Sinai, (Exodus 20: 1-14) it goes...

Harnessing His Chariot

After Pharaoh's ignominious capitulation to God's demand to free Israel, God again hardened his...

My Name 'Hashem' Was Not Known

The Parsha begins with an important prophecy that Moses receives from Hashem. Rashi's comment on...

Now You Will See

At the end of the Parsha, after Moses had gone to Pharaoh, as God had commanded, and yet Pharaoh...

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