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Dr. Avigdor Bonchek

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Encouraging the Nation

This Sedra tells of Israel's escape from Egypt and their miraculous crossing of the Reed Sea. It...

Through You They Bless

The final parsha in the book of Genesis contains Jacob's blessings to his twelve sons. He saves a...

Joseph Harnessed His Chariot

Our parsha reaches the climax of the drama between Joseph and his brothers. Jacob is finally...

The Choice of Simon

This week's parsha takes us into the first stage of the dramatic meeting between Joseph and his...

A Man Found Him

The following three parshiyot tell us the ever-fascinating story of Joseph and his brothers. The...

The Most Beloved

As Jacob's family gets ready to meet Esau, Jacob arranges them in backward priority –...

The Gateway to Heaven

This week's parsha recounts Jacob's flight from his brother, Esau, to his uncle, Lavan's home....

Esau Despised the Birthright

The parsha tells of the birth and development of Isaac's sons, Jacob & Esau, and two pivotal...

After These Events

This week's parsha records several dramatic events: the birth of Isaac; Abraham's unsuccessful...

Abraham 'Believed' Hashem

Genesis 15:6 "And he believed in Hashem and He considered it for him as...

In His Generations

Genesis 6:9 "These are the generations of Noah; Noah was a righteous man and perfect in his...

Sukkot 5772

The Sukkos holiday is called the "Season of Our Joy." Let us see what Rashi has to say...

The Mighty One

Deuteronomy 32:31 "For their mighty one is not like our Almighty, yet our enemies sit in...

Foreign Gods

This week's parsha brings us to the near final words of Moses to the People on the day of his...

I Have Declared Today

This week's parsha begins with the blessing the Jew makes when he brings his first fruits to the...

Returning Lost Articles

Among the many laws we find in this week's parsha are the laws of returning lost articles to their...

Do Not Erect An Altar

This parsha teaches us many laws, both between Man and Man and between Man and God. Much...

The Blessing

Deuteronomy 11:27 "The blessing, that you heed the commandments of Hashem, your God, that I...

Fear of Heaven

The following is one of the most basic verses in our Torah regarding man's obligation in...

Egyptians Were Preoccupied

This week's parsha, Masay, is the last parsha in the book of Bamidbar. The parsha begins by...

Moses Brought Their Case

In this week's parsha an unusual case of inheritance arises. Zelaphchad, of the tribe of Menashe,...

Where Are You?

Perceiving apparent inconsistencies in Rashi leads to a deeper understanding. Numbers...

The Complete Assembly

Rashi holds his own as the Ramban levels a criticism against his p'shat. Numbers 20:1 "The...

A New Creation

Numbers 16:30 "If Hashem will create a creation and the earth will open its mouth and...

And Aaron Did So

The rule for understanding Rashi: Simplify, simplify, simplify. Numbers 8:3 "And Aaron did...

Cleansed of Punishment

Among other new mitzvot mentioned in Parshat Naso, we have the laws of the Sota, the woman whose...

Designated By Name

We now begin the fourth book of the Torah, Sefer Bamidbar. Perhaps it is fitting that we read...

My Covenant With Jacob

After the terrible curses that will befall Israel should they not adhere to God's mitzvot, we are...

In Front of Your Eyes

The parsha speaks of the laws that will apply when the Children of Israel enter the Land of Israel...

You Shall Be Holy

This week's parsha is one of the central parshiot in the Torah. It describes the mitzvot which...

Move Forward

The Torah reading for the seventh day of Pesach is Exodus 13:7-15:26 - the crossing of the Reed...

The Great Day

Shabbat HaGadol The Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat. It is...

Day of Purification

We will examine Rashi's "lead word" - in Hebrew, "dibbur hamaschil." Each...

Who Is the King?

In accordance with the festivities of Purim, I present another Torah thought from Megillat...

He is Achashverosh

(This week's sedra is Vayikra. I ask your indulgence to allow me to put up a Rashi from Megillat...

They Did and They Made

After the Torah describes in detail the making of the Tabernacle and its vessels, it makes the...

Bezalel and Ahaliav

This week's parsha continues with its discussion of the Mishkan. It describes the work done by...

Reasons for Shabbat

This week's parsha's main themes are a repeated command to keep the Shabbat, and the sin of the...

Bells and Pomegranates

Our parsha tells us of the making of the clothing of the priests and the High Priest, the objects...

Make For Me a Sanctuary

Parshat Trumah details the preparations necessary for the building of the Mishkan - Israel's...

Manna on Sabbath

This week's parsha contains within it the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments were given...

Master of Wars

This week's parsha recounts the final hours of the historic Exodus from Egypt. The Israelites left...

Pharaoh Arose

The final plague, the killing of the first-born Egyptians, strikes every home in Egypt. Pharaoh...

When Shall I Pray?

This week's parsha begins the story of the ten plagues. Pharaoh refused to acknowledge Hashem's...

A Son of Grace

This is the last parsha in the book of Bereishis. In it Jacob bids farewell to his twelve sons...

Esau and Jacob

Our parsha tells of Jacob's reunion with his brother Esau after a 22 year interval. Jacob had...

To His Brothers

This week's parsha tells of Jacob's twenty years with his father-in-law, Laban. Years that were...

May He Give and Give

This week's parsha tells of the rivalry between Jacob and Esau, and Esau's selling the Birthright...

Let There Be Lights

This week we begin a new cycle of Torah readings. It is always fascinating to see how each year we...

Yom Kippur 5768

The Haftarah for Mincha on Yom Kippur is the entire book of the prophet Jonah ben Amitai. The...

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