Behaaloscha

Presenting...the new 5th Chumash!

The gemarra (Shabbos 116a) cites an opinion that the 2-pasuk portion in our sedra (10:35-36) of vayehi binso’a ha’aron… is considered as a Chumash in its own right. According to this view, we have not five, but seven Chumashim (Bamidbar has three; one before 10:35, one after 10:36, and 10:35-36…

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out of order

Being out of order has never been so peaceful... The gemarra (Pesachim 6b) learns an important principle from the first pasuk of perek 9 of our sedra. Noting that this perek occurred in Nissan - a month before the opening of parshas Bamidbar - the gemarra essentially comments ‘this shows…

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Excuses, Excuses

Perek 9 of Chumash Bamidbar (in our sedra) opens with HaShem commanding the Bnei Yisrael to perform the korban pesach. As the pasuk says, this command occurred in Nissan of Bnei Yisrael’s second year in the desert. Interestingly enough, when one looks back to the opening of parshas Bamidbar, one…

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What happened with Miriam?

Our sedra is one of the turning points of the Torah. It is from the middle of our sedra onwards that sees a flurry of sins; from complaining about the journey and about the manna to that of Miriam and Aharon, and it continues into next week’s sedra with the…

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Turn on the light - for yourself!!

“Bahaloscha Es HaNeiros”, when you bring up the candles.
Why the word Bahaloscha, shouldn’t it say “BiHadlikcha”, when you light the candles?
This can be answered with the following Medrash. We all know that Hashem needs nothing from us. Everything that he asks us to do is purely for our benefit…

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A lesson for life!!

"And Hashem said to Moshe 'Gather seventy men of the elders of Israel, who you know to be elders and police...'" (Bamidbar 11:16). Rashi says that these seventy men were chosen as the "elders of Israel" because they were the Jewish police in Egypt who willingly bore the brunt of…

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HUMILITY ONLY WORKS IF YOUR RICH??? (short dvar Torah)

“ViHaIsh Moshe Anav MiKol Adam”, Moshe’s greatness was that he was more humble than any other person.
The gemara in Nedarim (38a) says that the Shechina only rests on someone who is wise, strong, wealthy, and humble. Rav Chaim Volozhin asks why is being strong and rich mandatory for someone…

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