Rabbi David Etengoff
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Our parasha contains the mitzvah of sippur yetziat Mitzrayim, the recounting of the story of the Departure from Egypt, that is fulfilled during the Pesach Seder. The 13th century author of the Sefer … more
One of the highlights of the Pesach seder is the presentation of the Ten Plagues. Precisely because they are so well-known, however, there is a danger that some among us may lose sight of their … more
When we focus on our sages’ presentation of Purim and Chanukah, we discover the former has an entire tractate of the Talmud Bavli that discusses its halachot, whereas Chanukah and its laws are … more
One of the many fascinating aphorisms in the holy Zohar is found in Parashat Naso, 134: “Everything depends upon mazal — even a Sefer Torah that is in the Aron Kodesh.” If we apply … more
Parashat Vayetze informs us that Rachel, like Sarah and Rivka before her, was barren. Finally, after many long years, the Torah states, “vayizkor Elokim et Rachel (and G-d remembered Rachel), … more
The beginning of our parasha, Toldos, focuses on Yitzchak and Rivka. Unfortunately, like Sarah and Rachel, Rivka was initially unable to conceive: And Yitzchak prayed to … more
One of the major themes of our parasha is the death and burial of Sarah Emanu in Ma’arat HaMachpelah. Another, found in the subsequent chapter, focuses on Eliezer finding Yitzchak’s … more
Our parasha, Vayera, contains the first instance in history wherein an individual encounters the Almighty in an attempt to nullify a gezarah (verdict) of destruction promulgated against others. … more
The Netaneh Tokef prayer is one of the most emotionally expressive tefilot in the machzorim, so much so that one of its passages brings many of us to tears each time it is recited: On Rosh … more
Parashat Nitzavim, the concluding Torah portion of 5782 and the prelude to Rosh Hashana, promises that Hashem will gather us unto Him, regardless of how far away we may be: Even if your exiles … more
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