Monday, September 16, 2019

Divrei Torah

Emotional Emunah

“Ein od milvado”—There is none other besides for Him.” This week’s parsha advances the core idea of belief in God: “And you should know today and take it to your heart that Hashem is God in the heavens above and upon the earth below, there is no other” (Devarim 4:39).

This pasuk

Senior Roshei Yeshiva Address More Than 2,500 Bachurim Entering Yeshiva Gedolah

More than 2,500 bachurim craned their necks to catch a glimpse of the Rosh Yeshiva as he arrived. There was a palpable hush in the audience as the venerated Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh, HaGaon HaRav Gershon Edelstein, shlita, slowly made his way into the Armanot Chein Hall in Bnei Brak this past Thursday night, 8 Av/August

Motorcycling With Wounded IDF Veterans

If someone stood watch outside your home in order to make sure you were safe, you would surely thank them. If they kept the bad guys from hurting your wife and children you would certainly appreciate them. If they were injured while doing so, or even took a bullet for you, imagine how grateful you would be. You would probably feel

Dangers of Criticism

Near the end of his life, Moshe Rabbeinu gathered klal Yisrael together to rebuke them for the sins they committed in the 40 years of wandering in the desert. The question is, why didn’t Moshe rebuke them years earlier when the events first took place? Rashi explains that Moshe learned from Yaakov Avinu. Yaakov didn’t admonish

Jews Who Oppose the State of Israel

One of the most gratifying aspects about the State of Israel is the sweeping support it engenders across so many varied Jewish communities. It is reassuring that despite the myriad differences that divide us, our beloved state so deeply unites us. It is equally frustrating to encounter Jews so severely disaffected and alienated by

A Goal Worth Pursuing

One night, as I was davening Maariv, I saw two professionals who have the same type of medical practice sitting at a table learning Torah together. “Wow,” I thought to myself, “this is very special. Two competing professionals learning together as chavrusa.” The next time I met Dr. Z., I remarked how beautiful it was to see

Anger Moneygement

When a person is involved in working on his middot, many times we need to pull out our book of tricks and use various methodologies and alternative tactics to overcome certain character traits...

Elazar Hakohen in this parsha introduces the laws related to hechsher keilim (kashering utensils).

Obtaining Positive Yields

When Yaakov Grossman got engaged to his fianc? Aliza, their dream was to start the beginning of their marriage in Eretz Yisrael, with Yaakov spending his day immersed in Torah learning in the Mir yeshiva. The challenge was how would they be able to afford this dream?! Even with Yaakov giving haircuts, as he did when he was single,

Preserving Zeal

Pinchas is celebrated for his courageous intervention and is lavishly rewarded with priesthood. Indeed, special circumstances call for special measures, and his intrusion into this debacle halts a raging plague that had already claimed 24,000 lives. Moreover, his actions terminate a public desecration, or chilul Hashem, preventing

Discouraged? Take Action

At times we may be confronted by overwhelming challenges in life. We then have a choice to either become paralyzed with indecision, feeling helpless and hopeless, or take bold, decisive action and resolve our dilemma. This seems to be one of the lessons we need to learn from this week’s parsha of Pinchas.


Pinchas is known for his act of zealotry he took against Zimri and Cozbi. Zealotry against other people is a difficult concept to relate to and involves a number of criteria in order to be “eligible” to be involved in such a deed. It’s hard to find a person like Pinchas who fulfilled those criteria and was entitled to be

How to Understand Shalom

Reb Chaim Kanievsky points out that if we judged Pinchas’ act in the mandatory realm then no reward would be due, as he would merely be fulfilling his duty. But he engaged in an optional endeavor and therefore received a special reward.

I would like to add to what Reb Chaim, shlita, is saying