Parshas Eikev

הכל בידי שמים חוץ מיראת שמים – All is in the hands of Heaven, except for the fear of Heaven This famous principle, articulated by R Chanina in the gemara, is based on the passuk in this week’s parsha, where Moshe relays the plea from Hashem to the people – “All I ask from you is to fear me”

Parshas Devorim, 9 Av

Having concentrated in previous weeks on the practical aspects of separating terumos and maasros, in this week’s article, Dayan Y.D. Hool takes an in-depth look at the obligation to separate terumos and maasros in chutz la’aretz.

Parshas Matos Maasei

With a special focus on the mitzva of tithing Israeli produce, this week’s MaaserText asks ‘What is the halachic need for a dedicated Maaser Sheni coin?’

Parshas Pinchos

Billed as a refresher, the current series of articles which is relaunched this week has focused on the Federation’s MaaserText service and the halachic principles which underpin it. The series also offers the opportunity to highlight the special nature of the current agricultural year.

Parshas Bolok

And (Bilaam) said to them (the Elders of Midyon and the Elders of Moav), stay the night, and I’ll give you an answer, as Hashem speaks to me. And the officers of Moav stayed with Bilaam’. The Gemorah in Sanhedrin דף ק’’ה . asks why the Posuk only mentions that the Elders of Moav stayed the night, but not the Elders of Midyon? The Gemorah explains, that once Bilaam explained that he was only able to curse Klal Yisroel with the approval of Hashem, they realised it was a lost cause, as ‘A Father would never hate his son’.

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.
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