Weekly Parsha Thoughts

Re’eh

Moshe Rabbeinu says to all of Yisrael “ראה,” which Onkelos translates in the plural form, referring to everyone in Klal Yisrael. This was spoken out to all of Yisrael. The next passuk continues את הברכה אשר תשמעו… the berachah, that which you...
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Eikev

The passuk states מיסרך אלקיך ‘ה בנו את איש ייסר כאשר just as a man rebukes his son, so too Hashem your G-d rebukes you. The passuk compares Hashem’s rebuke to us, as a father’s rebuke to his son. The Derashos HaRan...
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Va’eschanan

The passuk states ההר הטוב הזה והלבנון this good mountain and the tree of Levanon. Rashi explains “this good mountain” refers to Yerushalayim, and “the Levanon,” both Onkelos and Rashi explain, refers to the Bais HaMikdash. What does it mean that Yerushalayim...
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Devarim

The passuk states that the Tzidonim called Chermon, “Searyone.” The Targum Yonasan Ben Uziel translates this as “the mountain which had fruits that would fall down” due to their abundance. The trees had so much fruit that they couldn’t hold their load,...
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Matos-Masei

The passuk states והורשתם את הארץ וישבתם בה… לרשת אותה which the Ramban explains is the mitzvas asei of ישוב הארץ, settling in Eretz Yisrael. Hashem told Moshe that Bnei Yisrael should not think about going to conquer the land of Shinur,...
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Bein HaMitzarim

In the haftorah on Tisha B’av it states, “מי האיש החכם ויבן את זאת…על מה אבדה הארץ who is the wise person that can understand this… for what reason was the land destroyed?” The Gemara explains the wise people and the prophets...
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