Rabbi David Etengoff
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Our sefer and parasha, Devarim, begin with the celebrated pasuk: “These are the words (aleh hadevarim) which Moshe spoke to all of the Jewish people on that side of the Jordan in the … more
Parashat Matos begins with the topic of hafarat nedarim (revocation of vows) by a father on behalf of his daughter, and by a husband for his wife. The general outlines of this mitzvah were … more
The saddest part of our parasha is Hashem’s declaration to Moshe forbidding him from entering Eretz Yisrael: Hashem said to Moshe, “Go up to this mount Abarim and look at the land … more
The namesake of our parasha is Balak, King of Moab. He correctly believed that his country was existentially threatened by the fledgling Jewish nation. As such, he sought to annihilate us before … more
Chapter five of Pirkei Avot tells a poignant tale: “With ten tests our forefathers tested Hashem in the desert, as is stated … ‘they tested Me these ten times, and did not … more
The namesake of our parasha, Shelach, is found in its second verse: “Send out for yourself (shelach lecha) men who will scout the Land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of … more
Our parasha, Beha’alotecha, contains Ha-shem’s command to Moshe to create the first Sanhedrin to assist him in his juridic responsibilities: Then Hashem said to Moshe, … more
Our parasha, Naso, concludes with the following pasuk: “When Moshe came into the Ohel Moed to speak with Him (l’dabare eto) he would hear the Voice (HaKol) speaking to him from … more
One of the most famous sources in all Rabbinic literature that discusses the relationship between G-d, man, Torah, and truth is found in Talmud Bavli, Baba Metziah 59b: On that day Rabbi … more
The prohibition of charging a fellow indigent Jew interest on a loan is one of the many subjects addressed in our parasha, Behar. While this topic analyzed and expanded upon throughout … more
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