Parshas Chukas

A number of years ago there was a painful tragedy that had a great impact on the talmidim of Yeshivas Ohr Somayach in Yerushalayim. The untimely death of the young mashgiach of the Yeshivah - Rabbi Dovid Spier zt”l. Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt”l was maspid this very special individual and quoted from Rashi in this week’s sedra:

Parshas Korach

The Sefas Emes utilises a cryptic comment of the Zohar to explain the inner meaning of the Machlokes of Korach. The Zohar Hakadosh explains that Korach was aiming to fight ‘Shabbos & Sholom’ His argument was designed to wreck the unity and harmony of Creation itself. The architect of his demise had therefore to be Creation itself. ואם

Parshas Shelach Lecho

In this week’s MaaserText article, Rabbi Josh Bennett explains how the MaaserText system has been configured, making use of automation and even a purpose-built app.

Parshas Behaalosecho

Last week’s column in this MaaserText series focused on the standard instructions for separating maaser. This week Rabbi Y.M. Gutttentag looks at cases in which the instructions must be slightly modified.

Parshas Nasso

Having looked last week at the principles behind the mitzvos of Terumos and Maasros, this week’s MaaserText article focuses on the simple and streamlined instructions which have been designed for the separation of Maaser.

Parshas Bamidbor – Shavuos

Fruit and vegetables grown in Eretz Yisroel are special and holy, and until they have been tithed are “Tevel” and may not be eaten. These unique mitzvos can only be carried out fully with all their relevant details in the times of the Beis Hamikdosh, although they are nonetheless still relevant in the post- Churban period.

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

In spite of the incredible opportunity this presents, the Torah commands in this week’s parsha (Vayikra 25:36-37), ‘You shall not take from him interest or increase, and you shall fear your G-d, and let your brother live with you. You shall not give him your money with interest, nor shall you give your food with increase.’ Simply put, we are commanded not to take interest on loans.
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