Parshat HaShavua

Parshat Vaera by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Parshat Vaera is the transition from Divine promises to Divine action. After Paro’s first refusal at the end of last week’s Parsha, G-d assures Moshe that He will release the Jewish people from slavery and bring them to the land...

Parshat Shemot by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The Jewish people are in Egypt. A new Paro is concerned with the size of the Jewish people. Increasing decrees of hard labor, infanticide, and finally actively drowning the male babies are made. Moshe is born, raised in Paro’s daughter’s...

Parshat Vayechi by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Vayechi means life, yet the Parsha begins with talk of death and ends with death. Yaakov demands to be buried in Israel.  Yosef swears he will.  Yaakov elevates his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe to be equal to his children as...

Parshat Vayigash- written by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The Parsha begins in the middle of the story.  Yosef has just told Yehuda and all the brothers that Binyamin, the thief, will become a slave to Yosef.  All the others are free to leave.  Our Parsha begins with...

Parshat Vayetze- written by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks Our Parsha begins with Yaakov fleeing the land of Israel from Esav’s murderous intent and concludes with his return to the land of Israel.  He dreams as he leaves of a ladder reaching to Heaven, G-d promises He will...

There is so much to say about Beresheit that I am afraid to open my mouth. With every new beginning there is the fear of failure, and we witness quite a bit of failure in our Parsha. Both Adam and his first born sin, and...

Our Parsha starts out with two mitzvot (commandments) that are unique to living in the land of Israel: offering of the first fruits and the clearing out of tithes. Both of these are mitzvot performed in joy and celebrate the wealth that G-d has blessed...

This week’s Parsha starts out with a list of blessings that will rest upon the nation of Israel when it is settled in the land of Israel and living according to the laws of Israel. It’s not a short list. I started getting scared reading...

Contamination is the topic of the day. Everyone, cities countries and individuals, is trying to figure out how to limit it and what to do when we are contaminated. In our Parsha a small group from the Children of Israel start worshiping idols and other...

We are now in week two of the Torah’s description of the Mishkan - our portable Temple. Our Parsha is unique of all the Parshiot from the later four books of the Torah as it is the only one where Moshe’s name is not written....