This Week’s Torah Portion

Steve Brizel writes:

The Kohanim and the Menorah



  • R. Isaac Bernstein zt"l, based on the Ohr HaChaim, investigates how Aharon was properly rewarded by given the responsibility to light the Menorah:
  • R. Berel Wein suggests that the message of the Kohanim lighting the Menorah is we should strive to improve ourselves before we even think of rebuking someone else: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand reminds us that even actions that may seem presently inconsequential may have a very important effect on future events: link
  • R. Zev Reichman reminds us that even a mitzvah performed without inspiration is still worth performing: link

    Click here to read morePesach Sheni

  • R. Dovid Gottlieb looks at the unique nature of Pesach Sheni: link

    The Trumpet and the Ram’s Horn

  • R. Shlomo Riskin, based upon the understanding of Rav Soloveitchik zt"l, argues that the trumpet and the ram’s horn, which represent the covenants of fate and destiny, will eventually be merged as we meet our Divinely imposed destiny as a people: link

    The Divine Cloud and the Heavenly Fire

  • R. Ephraim Buchwald underscores the importance of living in a strong Jewish community as enabling one to grow in his or her Avodas HaShem and to raise a Jewishly committed family: link

    The Inversion of Jewish History and Destiny

  • Rav Soloveitchik zt"l, as transcribed by R. Yitzchak Etshalom, sets forth how the inverted letter “Nun” represents the long and often tragic march of Jewish history: link (PDF).
  • R. Zev Leff suggests that the inverted nuns teach us that one must strive to be consistent in one’s approach to Torah and Mitzvos: link

    Moshe’s Despair

  • R. Jonathan Sacks investigates the sources of Knesset Yisrael’s discontent and Moshe Rabbeinu’s reaction: link

    A Crisis of Leadership

  • R Moshe Lichtenstein delineates how the events in the second half of the Parsha were a prelude to the Episode of the Spies: link





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