Weekly Parsha Thoughts

Balak

The pessukim mention a few things which Bilam tried to do to curse Yisrael, yet he was not successful. Balak requested that Bilam should curse Yisrael to which Bilam responded, “return to your land כי מאן ה’ לתתי להלך עמכם” which Onkelos...
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Chukas

The passuk states, “עשה לך שרף ושים אותו על נס והיה כל הנשוך וראה אותו וחי, make for yourself a serpent and place it on the pole, and it will be whoever was bitten will see it and live.” The Mishnah asks,...
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Korach

The passuk states ויקח קרח… and Korach took… and Dasan and Avirom, Eliav’s sons, and Ohn Ben Peles, Reuven’s sons. What did Korach take? Rashi explains Korach convinced two hundred and fifty heads of Sanhedrin with words to join him. Then he...
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Shelach

The passuk states “the Bnei Yisrael were in the desert and they found a man being מקושש עצים on Shabbos.” Onkelos translates מקושש as “when he was collecting wood” which is the melacha of me’amer. The Gemara brings that they warned him...
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Beha’aloscha

The passuk states בהעלתך את הנרות. Rashi explains the Torah describes lighting with the lashon aliya, ascending. This reflects that one needs to light the menorah until the flame will continue to burn on its own. Rashi brings another explanation, from here...
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Naso

In this week’s parsha the Torah describes the process of the sotah which involved many miracles. The passuk states “in the hand of the Kohen shall be מי המרים המאררים.” Onkelos translates as “the bitter water which cause the curses.” Rashi explains...
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