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Every week, new divrei Torah on the weekly parsha are written by Rabbi Naftoly Bier and Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield and emailed to our mailing list.

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Parshas Eikev: Fear of Hashem

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In פרשת עקב, Deuteronomy 10:12, it states, “And now, Israel, what does G-d, your G-d, require from you? Only, to fear G-d (to stand in awe and trepidation of Him) your G-d, to walk in all His ways to love Him, and to serve

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Parshas Vaeschanan

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield עלה ראש הפסגה ושא עיניך ימה וצפנה ותימנה ומזרחה וראה בעיניך כי לא תעבר את הירדן הזה (פרק ג’, פסוק כ”ז) Ascend to the top of the cliff and raise your eyes… and see with your eyes, for you shall not cross the Yardein.

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Parshas Vaeschanan: The Mutual Love Between Hashem and Klal Yisrael

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In this week’s portion, פרשת ואתחנן, we are introduced to the מצוה of “ואהבת את ה’ אלקיך”, “and you should love Hashem your G-d” – your G-d written in the singular! In chapter 7:8, the Torah states, “Rather, because of Hashem’s love for you…”.

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Parshas Devarim

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield הבו לכם אנשים (פרק א’, פסוק י”ג) “Prepare for yourself men…” R’ Yaakov Kamenetsky, זצ”ל, points out that although the Hebrew word for “man”, singular, is איש, the word for “men”, plural, is אנשים. Based on the usual rules of Hebrew grammar, the word

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Tisha B’Av: Regaining our Purpose

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In תהלים קל”ז, Psalms 137, Dovid Hamelech describes in painful detail the exile of the Jewish people from Eretz Yisrael, ציון, to the Euphrates River in Babylon. “By the rivers of Babylon- there we sat and also wept when we remembered ציון.” The Medrash

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Parshas Matos-Masei

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield ומקנה רב היה לבני ראובן ולבני גד עצום מאד (פרק ל”ב, פסוק א) The children of Reuvein and Gad had abundant livestock- very great… The Torah tells us, that the שבטים of ראובן and גד had a lot of livestock. Upon seeing that the

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Parshas Matos-Masei: Sensitivity

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In chapter 37:12, במדבר לא:ב, Hashem instructs Moshe Rabbeinu, “נקום נקמת בני ישראל מאת המדינים, take vengeance for the Children of Israel against the Midianites…” The Ramban explains that though Moshe Rabbeinu had appointed his disciple, Yehoshua, but until the Jewish people had actually

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Parshas Pinchas

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield פינחס בן אלעזר בן אהרן הכהן השיב את חמתי מעל בני ישראל בקנאו את קנאתי בתוכם (פרק כ”ה, פסוק י”א) Pinchas turned back My wrath from upon B’nei Yisrael when he avenged My vengeance among them… When בני ישראל sinned with the daughters of

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Parshas Pinchas: True Dedication

Print PDF By Rabbi Naftoly Bier In במדבר כז:טז we find a unique פסוק, verse; in fact only once in the whole Torah is it mentioned “וידבר משה אל ה’ לאמר” “And Moshe spoke with sharpness, demand to Hashem, asking for a reply.” The word וידבר is used to connote

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Parshas Balak

Print PDF By Rabbi Shimmy Sternfield ויאמר אליו מלאך ד’ על מה הכית את אתנך זה שלוש רגלים הנה אנכי יצאתי לשטן כי ירט הדרך לנגדי (פרק כ”ב, פסוק ל”ב) The angel of Hashem said to him, “Why did you hit your donkey three times? Behold, I went out to

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