Yisro

Each Other's Twin

רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר הַקַּפָּר אוֹמֵר: הַקִּנְאָה וְהַתַּאֲוָה וְהַכָּבוֹד מוֹצִיאִין אֶת הָאָדָם מִן הָעוֹלָם.

The Mishnah in Avos says, ‘jealousy, lust and (the pursuit of) honour remove a person from this world.’ In this week’s parsah we read the Aseres HaDibros, the last of which is Lo Sachmod, do not covet, i.e.…

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Reaching and sharing clarity of Torah

At Har Sinai, the Bnei Yisrael ‘roim at hakolot’, saw the sounds. Rashi explains that the Bnei Yisrael saw what normally could only be heard. It was a miracle. Rav Moshe Feinstein explains that the Bnei Yisrael had such clarity of H’s existence using the Torah as their guide. It…

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The Torah was given to the whole Jewish nation!

‘Naaseh’ ‘We will do whatever Hashem commands us’. I heard from Rabbi Guttentag that the Meshech Chochma points out that ‘we will do’ is in the plural, since the Torah can only be fulfilled as a nation. No one person can do all 613 mitzvot .e.g some for only kohanim/leviim/yisraelim…

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Why should breaking Shabbat be punishable by death?

"You shall observe the Shabbat, for it is holy to you; its desecrators shall be put to death..." (Shemot 31:14)

To the modern mind, penalties of this sort seem primitive and savage. The person who violates the Shabbat harms no one. Why does he deserve to die?

Rav Noson Weisz…

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Under the Mountain

Not too many psukim before the Ten Commandments, the Torah reports Bnei Yisrael's encamping at Har Sinai with the phrase ‘they stood under the mountain’ (‘betachtis hahar;’ 19:17). This requires explanation, and fortunately Rashi is on hand to do just that. As Rashi says, the explanation al pi pshat is…

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YISRO - THE ART OF LISTENING

One of the striking features of Parshas Yisro is the juxtaposition of the portion about Yisro’s advice to Moshe Rabbeinu with Matan Torah. Reb Tzadok HaKohen provides an interesting insight to this in the name of his Rebbe. He begins by discussing the section in which Yisro advises Moshe to…

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