Parshas Vayikroh & Hachodesh

e usher in the month of Geulah with the additional maftir of Parshas HaChodesh. The Bnei Yisrael are given the ability to bring kedusha into the physical world through the calendar and the mitzvah of Kiddush HaChodesh. We are commanded to start the process of redemption through slaughtering the sheep, the Egyptian deity. This is followed by roasting it whole and eating it with Matza and Maror. This enabled us to leave Mitzrayim as free men, liberated from the slave mind-set, ready to embark on the journey towards Kabalas HaTorah.

Parshas Vayakhel-pekudei & Poroh

In practical terms, when companies and businesses are making deals and transactions frequently, it is often not so practical to expect both parties to sign a Heter Iska each time. Therefore, we advise people to sign a Heter Iska Klali. Once a company, business or individual have a Heter Iska Klali, then all that is required is to insert a clause in all future contracts, stating: “This agreement is subject to the terms and conditions of the company’s/ business’s/my Heter Iska Klali, signed on the ………………….., a copy of which is attached” Once both parties sign an agreement/ contract with such a clause, it is as if they have both signed a Heter Iska specific to that deal.

Parshas Ki Sissoh

Hashem commanded Moshe Rabbenu, “ לך רד כי שחת עמך עשו להם עגל מסכה – Go down, for your people have become corrupted, they have made for themselves a molten calf.” Incredibly, despite Hashem’s explicit instruction to go down, Moshe ignores this and begins to pray for Klal Yisroel.

Parshas Tetzaveh- Zachor-Purim

This week, the Federation published a history of Edmonton Cemetery. The book, compiled by Rebbetzen Aviva Landau, offers a glimpse into the lives of distinguished rabbonim and communal leaders buried at this historic beis kevaros, containing over fifty detailed biographies. Here is an exclusive preview of this work.

Parshas Terumoh

The song that is the staple of every Purim Seuda belies a profound idea. Or at least it would, if it were given a fighting chance. Besides for having to fight against the competing attractions of alcohol and tasty food, this poor מאמר חז”ל doesn’t really stand a chance. Whoever made it popular, has a lot to answer for. For this is only a partial quote. To understand it, one would need to quote it in its entirety.

Parshas Mishpotim & Parshas Shekalim

The biblical oath was taken with the expression of the Divine Name whilst holding a Sefer Torah. Rashi1 comments, that because of the severity of such an oath, the Rabbis of his generation avoided these types of oath and replaced them with a less severe declaration of a penalty of a curse for swearing falsely. The Ritvo disagrees and said the biblical oath is more of a deterrent to lying and should therefore be used. Shulchan Oruch2 mentions the custom of Rashi.

Parshas Yisro

Having recently concluded masseches Shevuos in the Daf Yomi, one can appreciate what a serious matter it is to take an oath even if one swears truthfully. The Gemoro relates the whole world quaked when the mitzvah of לא תשא את שם ה' אלקיך לשוא was given.1

Parshas Bo

A few years ago, a teacher I know was searching for an interesting dilemma to help him with a lesson he was preparing. Finally, he stumbled upon an article where the author asked a question which takes different forms but ultimately the same end; what is the greatest threat facing the Jewish People today?

Parshas Voero

We have discussed in the past some of the problems which can arise when a person borrows money from a bank or credit facility for a friend, and the friend pays the capital and interest.

Parshas Shemos

אכן נודע הדבר ’ – verily the matter is known’ is understood by Chazal to refer to the rationale for the Golus. משה רבינו is mollified by the knowledge that לשון הרע is endemic. This surely requires our attention.
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