Weekly Parsha Thoughts

Ha’azinu

The passuk states עם נבל ולא חכם. Onkelos translates this as “a nation that accepted the Torah and did not become smart.” Asks the Ga’on from Vilna: Why does נבל which is a derogatory term actually meaning imbecile, as “a nation that...
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Aseres Yimei Teshuva

The Gemara brings a story with Rebi Meir: there were people in his neighborhood who would aggravate him a lot, so he davened that they should die. His wife, Beruria heard his davening and responded, “It statesיתמו חטאים , the sins should...
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Vayeilech

The passuk states that Moshe Rabbeinu said, “I am 120 years old, I am not able to go out and to come in and Hashem said to me ‘you will not pass through the Yarden.’” Rashi is bothered: the passuk states in...
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Nitzavim

In the parsha Moshe Rabeinu speaks to all of Bnei Yisrael to set up a covenant and an oath of a curse if they do not keep the covenant. The passuk states (יז) פן יש בכם שרש פרה ראש ולענה, “maybe there...
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The passuk states ארור אשר לא יקים את דברי התורה הזאת לעשות אותם “cursed is the person who is not יקים the words of this Torah to fulfill them.” What does יקים refer to, and for what will a person be punished...
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Ki Seitzei

The passuk states about a person who has the punishment of being stoned, “do not leave him on the gallows overnight; rather bury him on that day כי קללת אלוקים תלוי.” What does this mean and how is it a reason not...
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