About the Author


Rabbi Zvi Belovski

Rabbi Zvi Belovski is the Rav of the Golders Green Synagogue in London. He received Semicha from Gateshead Yeshivah and attended University College, Oxford. A popular speaker and counsellor, Rabbi Belovski is active in Jewish outreach; he teaches at the Jewish Learning Exchange (Ohr Somayach) and the London School of Jewish Studies, and serves as Rabbinic Mentor for British campus rabbis across the country. He is the author of Shem MiShmuel: Selections on the weekly parashah and festivals. His special areas of interest include the study of Midrash, contemporary Jewish Law, Polish Chassidic thought, and he is particularly interested in the writings of the Rebbes of Sochaczew and Ishbitz. Rabbi Belovski lives in Golders Green with his wife and family.


Teshuvah on Yom Kippur

Let us examine two aspects of the process of teshuvah (repentance) and the return to God, which...

When Was the World Created?

It was taught: Rabbi Eliezer said, "The world was created in Tishrei."...Rabbi Yehoshua...

The Torah Written On Stone

Moshe and the elders of Yisrael commanded the people, saying, "Keep all of the mitzvah which...

Reward in the Next World

Rabbi Abba bar Kahana said: "God says, 'Do not sit and weigh the mitzvos of the Torah...Don't...

Pillars and Altars

The Torah portion contains, as does so much of Sefer Devarim, many warnings against idolatry and...

Two Laws, One Reason

You are children of the Lord your God. Do not slash yourselves nor make a bald patch between your...

Mishpatim and Chesed

The Torah portion opens with the following exclamation: And it shall come to pass, if you...

There Is Always Hope

In the early part of this Torah portion, Moshe Rabbeinu continues his rebuke of klal Yisrael,...

A Unique Work

These are the words [things] which Moshe spoke to all of Yisrael... (Devarim 1:1) My holy...

Klal Yisrael and Vows

The Torah portion opens with the laws appertaining to vows: When a man makes a vow to God, or...

Pinchas and Kayin

The mystical connection between the two.

The Nature of the Shalosh Regalim

One of the most enigmatic episodes related in the Torah is that of Bilam and his donkey. The Torah...

Why Now?

The first section of the sidrah discusses the most enigmatic law of the Torah: the parah adumah...

Plates of Brass

Part of the rebellion of Korach involved 250 men whom Moshe commanded to offer incense in fire...

Too Late

A large section of the sidrah relates the story of the meraglim (spies). Twelve men, one from each...

Aharon's Gift

The sidrah opens with a brief description of the Menorah in the Mishkan and the command that...

Efriam's Offering

The end of this, the longest sidrah in the Torah, describes at great length the offerings brought...

Everything Depends on Action

Rabbi Berachyah said, "The tablets were six tefachim long - in some sense, God grasped two...

Shemittah and Shabbos

The entire parsha is occupied with the laws of shemittah and yovel, the seventh and fiftieth years...

Lag B'Omer: Community or Individual?

How could Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students make such a terrible mistake?

With This

The Torah portion begins with a description of the service performed on Yom Kippur in the Mishkan...

Toes and Thumbs

In Parshios Tazria and Metzora, in which we learned of the metzora - a person who contracts a...

Ohel Mo'ed and the Power of Unity

The first part of the Torah portion describes the final day of the inauguration ceremony of the...

Seder: The Redemption of Speech

Our obligation to conduct the Seder and relate the story of the Exodus to our children is derived...

An Offering of Fine Flour

The entire Torah portion is devoted to describing the various offerings that were brought by klal...

Aharon's Rationale

Perhaps the most famous episode of the post-Exodus experience is the construction of the eigel...

Zachor: Amalek and Shabbos

To give us an idea of the intense wickedness of the nation of Amalek, our Sages make the following...

Three Crowns

Rabbi Shimon said, "There are three crowns: the crown of Torah, the crown of kehunah...

Shekalim: The Power of the Fiery Shekel

The parsha of "Shekalim" describes the half-shekel coin that every Jew was required to...

A Bow and a Kiss

The start of this week's Torah portion sees Yisro, Moshe’s father-in-law, leaving his home...

The Hidden Trio

A substantial part of this Torah portion is devoted to the mon (manna) - how it fell, when it fell...

Moshe and the Korban Peasch

Before the last plague, the execution of the firstborn, God announced to Moshe and Aharon the...

The Plagues and Teshuvah

After the wild animals attacked the Egyptians, Pharaoh summoned Moshe and Aharon. After some...

The Three Signs

When God spoke to Moshe at the burning bush, Moshe was concerned that klal Yisrael, crushed by the...

Reuven's Error

Yaakov begins his blessings of the twelve sons by focusing on Reuven, his first son. He criticizes...

The Importance of Necks

Two separate incidents in our Torah portion prompt unusual comments from Rashi: And [Yosef]...

The Chashmonaim and the Miracle Oil

Understanding the error of the Chashmonaim.

Yosef: The Man of Stability

The beginning of the weekly Torah portion describes the increasingly poor relationship between...

Just a Kiss

The Torah portion begins with the buildup to and eventual meeting between Yaakov and Eisav, the...

The Twelve Stones

The beginning of the Torah portion described Yaakov's departure from Be'er Sheva and his famous...

The Wickedness of Eisav

Much of this week's Torah portion is concerned with the relationship between Yaakov and Eisav. At...

The Tent of Sarah

Sarah’s tent was a microcosm of the Tabernacle.

Why Do the Angels Eat?

Abraham’s uniqueness and the nature of eating.

The Test of the Bris

Toward the end of the parsha, God instructed Avraham to perform bris milah (circumcision) on...

The Death of Haran

After the well-known stories of the Flood and the Tower of Babel, the sidrah concludes with a long...

The Philosophy of the Snake

Consequences? What consequences?

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