Author: Marc Rosenberg

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over By Rav Brazil | Parsha Ki Sisa

 Am Yisrael were commanded to bringמחצית השקל . Many meforshim elaborate why the Torah only demanded a half shekel for the rectification of their sin of making the Aigel. We would like to suggest the following. The sin of the Aigel happened during midday at twelve o’clock. In reality had they have waited another six hours the new day would have started and Moshe would have come down Har Sinai with the Luchos. The emphasis of the half shekel is to focus on the demerit that already at half time they became so weakened with the overwhelming feeling of...

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RAV BRAZIL PARSHAS TETZAVEH

TURNING  A SETBACK INTO A COMEBACK     The passuk requires that the oil to light the menorah must be שמן זית זך כתית למאור . The Olive should be crushed and the first drop of oil that comes out should be used for the lighting of the menorah. Rashi comments that this stringency applies only for the lighting and not for the מנחות which are the meal offerings which included flour and oil. This comment of Rashi has far reaching applications esoterically as we shall now explain. When one hears mussar and rebuke, it can be followed by three...

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Hero Natan Sharansky Encourages Shabbat

Natan Sharansky is one of the most famous former Soviet refusniks and an Israeli politician, author and human rights activist. Sharansky (born January 20, 1948) was born and raised in the Ukraine (then part of the Soviet Union), and graduated with a degree in mathematics from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology. Early on, Sharansky got associated with the human rights movement when he became an English interpreter for Andrei Sakharov. Later, Sharansky emerged in his own right as one of the foremost dissidents and spokesmen for the Soviet Jewry movement. In 1973, Sharansky applied for an exit...

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RAV BRAZIL PARSHAS TERUMAH תשע”ו

EARTH – THE HOUSE OF HASHEM     Klal Yisrael at Sinai attained such a high spiritual level they were like malachim. They proclaimed the secret of the malachim which wasנעשה ונשמע . but our Chazal tell us (Tanchumah Naso 16)  נתאוה הקב”ה להיות לו דירה בתחתונים Hashem desired a dwelling in the lower worlds. This is alluded to with the first letter of the Torah ביתwhich translates as dwelling. The lower worlds refer to this world which is a concoction of materialism, earthly cravings, falsehood and war. To proclaim Hashem as King when everything is clear and points...

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RAV BRAZIL PARSHAS MISHPATIM תשע”ו

IT’S TIME TO BE SENSITIVE     The passuk says (Shmos 24,7) כל אשר דבר ה’ נעשה ונשמע Whatever Hashem spoke to us we accepted upon ourselves to do and to listen. We could interpret this to mean that Yisrael accepted upon themselves, not only to fulfill the law, but also the unspoken law or as it is called the spirit of the law. This commitment is inferred from the word נשמע we will place an inner ear. To this inner hearing, the Torah alludes to in the beginning of the second parsha of Shemah והיה אם שמוע תשמעו...

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