Divrei Torah 

Parshas Yisro 5776

Hearing HaShem Parshas Yisro January 30, 2016 – כ’ שבט תשע”ו In this week’s Parsha, Yisro, we read about the giving of the Ten Commandments. The first commandment says “ אָנֹכִי ה אֱלֹקיךָ, אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִיךָ מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם מִבֵּית עֲבָדִים-I am HaShem your G-d, Who took you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slaves.” (Shemos 20:2) The Da’as Zkeinim, by the authors of Tosfos, wonders why the Jews would need this reminder that Hashem exists and that he is One. Did they not all see HaShem take…

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Divrei Torah 

Parshas Beshalach

Venting Disbelief Parshas Beshalach January 23, 2016 – י”ג שבט תשע”ו In Shemos 14:2, Hashem tells Moshe to camp before the idol of Ba’al Tzafon, near the city of Pi Chiros. Rashi raises the question: G-d destroyed all of the Egyptian idols during the final plague, so how could this idol remain? He answers by saying that G-d wished to mislead the Pharaoh and the Egyptians, in that, when they saw the idol, they would assume that this idol is greater than Hashem and therefore attack the Jews, confident that…

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