Parshat Bereshit
Renewal from Bereshit Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life – Parashat Bereshit - 5782 - Renewal from Bereshit Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life – Parashat Bereshit - 5782 There is nothing in the world that can make us happier - than renewal, something new and refreshing that paints our lives with a new color, stimulating and exciting, instilling hope. On...

Parshat Bereshit
Did "You precede the ministering angels", Or "The mosquito preceded you" Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in the everyday life - Bereshit – 5781 - Did "You precede the ministering angels", Or "The mosquito preceded you" Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in the everyday life - Bereshit – 5781 At a good time, בְּשָׁעָה טוֹבָה we start again from 'Bereshit', we start reading the Torah anew, delving into, and finding inspiration in it fo...

Parshat Bereshit
The Secret of the Creation Circles Parsha and its Implementation - Bereshit - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - The Secret of the Creation Circles Parsha and its Implementation - Bereshit - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 The creation of the world in Parashat Bereshit is fundamental to understand the format of the world, its laws of existence and the way it is conducted. This feature exists on all levels...

Parshat Bereshit
Parshat Bereshit - Rav Shenvald - Parshat Bereshit – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Torah opens with the story of the creation, which is completely original, "substance out of nothingness." "In the beginning, G-d created the heaven and the earth." (Bereshis 1:1) "Because there is a great need to open the Torah with 'In the beginnin...

Parshat Bereshit
The Creation as Divine Strategy - Parshat Bereshis – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Torah opens with the story of the creation, which is completely original, "substance out of nothingness." "In the beginning, G-d created the heaven and the earth." (Bereshis 1:1) "Because there is a great need to open the Torah with 'In the beginnin...


Parshat Noach
Wrongdoing, Corruption, and Flood History of personal and public morality Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald-  The Parasha in our everyday life - Noah – 5782 - Wrongdoing, Corruption, and Flood History of personal and public morality Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald-  The Parasha in our everyday life - Noah – 5782 Moral issues and questions of public corruption occupy a central place in public and media discourse, and not in vain. Morality is one of th...

Parshat Noach
A new world begins - Changes begin from within Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parsha in our everyday life - Noah - 5781 - A new world begins - Changes begin from within Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parsha in our everyday life - Noah - 5781   The generation of the flood brought the world to unprecedented corruption. After "ten generations from Adam the first man" הִשְׁחִ֧ית כָּל־בָּשָׂ֛ר אֶת־דַּרְכּ֖וֹ ע ...

Parshat Noach
Leaving the Ark and going on with life The Parasha in the daily life – Parashat Noach 5780 - Leaving the Ark and going on with life The Parasha in the daily life – Parashat Noach 5780 Noah's Ark was a safe refuge for Noah and his family and all animals, because of the flood and storm that was happening outside. Within the closed and distinct ark, a unique microcosm was created. For...

Parshat Noach
Parshat Noach - Rav Shenvald - Parshat Noach The Strategic Significance of Making a Threat Tangible In Parshat Noach we read about the calamity of the generation of the flood, Noach and the Ark. Ten generations after the creation of the world (Pirkei Avot 5,2) the human race is in the midst of a crisis, "And G-d saw that m...


Parshat Lech Lecha
Progress and change, uncertainty and belief The Parasha in our everyday life - Lech Lecha - 5782 - Progress and change, uncertainty and belief The Parasha in our everyday life - Lech Lecha - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – Rosh Yeshiva, 'Meir Harel' Hesder Yeshiva Modi'in It is human nature to strive for progress and advancement. Staying on one spot is seen as a frustrating miss. Nowadays...

Parshat Lech Lecha
A responsible adult is needed "Let there be no strife between you and me, for we are kinsmen" Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Lech Lecha - 5781 - A responsible adult is needed "Let there be no strife between you and me, for we are kinsmen" Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Lech Lecha - 5781 The way Abraham handles the family conflict that developed with Lot is supposed to teach us a lesson for generations...

Parshat Lech Lecha
Is it indeed the end of a naivety era? The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Lech Lecha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - Is it indeed the end of a naivety era? The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Lech Lecha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 In our Parasha, Abraham was commanded to circumcise himself when he was ninety-nine years old: וַיְהִ֣י אַבְרָ֔ם בֶּן־תִּשְׁעִ֥ים שָׁנָ֖ה וְתֵ֣שַׁע שָׁנִ֑ים וַיֵּרָ֨א ה ...

Parshat Lech Lecha
Free choice and religious coercion Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Lech Lecha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Free choice and religious coercion Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Lech Lecha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 At the beginning of our Parasha, Avraham is commanded to go to the Land of Israel: 'Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto the land...


Parshat Vayera
"Here I am"- Hineni, the heroism of the Binding and 'Sha'at Neilah' Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayerah – 5781 - "Here I am"- Hineni, the heroism of the Binding and 'Sha'at Neilah' Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayerah – 5781 The Parshat HaAkida, (Yitzchak's Binding), which we will read on Shabbat, is one of the formative Parashot in the Torah, which arouses puzzlement, and...

Parshat Vayera
Life with a mission in a postmodern era The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayera - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 - Life with a mission in a postmodern era The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayera - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 The divine call to Abraham in the Akeidat Yitzchak – (Binding of Yitzchak: request of Hashem to Abraham to bring Yitzchak up as a sacrifice) is answered with "Hineni - Here...

Parshat Vayera
Conversion in Israel Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayera - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - Conversion in Israel Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayera - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 The link between the revelation of G-d to Abraham at the beginning of Parashat Vayera, and the end of Parashat Lech Lecha is the Brit Milah: "And Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were b...


Parshat Chayei Sarah
Allies and interests in the international arena Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in the everyday life - Chayeh Sarah – 5781 - Allies and interests in the international arena Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in the everyday life - Chayeh Sarah – 5781 The Scripture describes the negotiations that took place between Abraham Avinu and Ephron about the Cave of the Patriarchs: וַיִּשְׁמַ֣ע אַבְרָהָם֮ אֶל־עֶפְרוֹן֒ ו ...

Parshat Chayei Sarah
Choosing a community - as a framework for continuous spiritual growth The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Chayei Sarah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 - Choosing a community - as a framework for continuous spiritual growth The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Chayei Sarah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 At his old age, Abraham merited seeing his revolutionary venture of faith being successful and blessed as well as merited a family an...

Parshat Chayei Sarah
Intermarriage Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Chayei Sarah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - Intermarriage Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Chayei Sarah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 In our Parasha, Abraham asks Eliezer to go out and find a suitable mate for his son Isaac: "And Abraham said unto his servant, the elder of his house, that ruled over all that he had: 'Put, I pray...


Parshat Toldot
'A taste for Game' - manipulations in Cyberspace Ahead of possible elections and in the conscious campaign between the elections Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Toldot - 5781 - 'A taste for Game' - manipulations in Cyberspace Ahead of possible elections and in the conscious campaign between the elections Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Toldot - 5781 The relationships and happenings within the family of Yitzchak and Rivka, between the pa...

Parshat Toldot
Torah blessings in our everyday life  The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Toldot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - Torah blessings in our everyday life The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Toldot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 Yaakov Avinu is the first to receive the nickname אִ֣ישׁ תָּ֔ם יֹשֵׁ֖ב אֹהָלִֽים "mild man who stayed in camp" (Bereshit 25:27). Generally, it is common to think that someone w...

Parshat Toldot
Solidarity time In memory of those who were killed in a terrorist attack in the Pittsburgh Synagogue on Shabbat Vayera Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Toldot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5769 - Solidarity time In memory of those who were killed in a terrorist attack in the Pittsburgh Synagogue on Shabbat Vayera Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Toldot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5769 At the beginning of our Parasha we see the birth of Yaacov and Esav to Yitzchak and Rivka. At th...


Parshat Vayetze
Coming back home Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayetzeh - 5781 - Coming back home Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayetzeh - 5781 With these words, the late Prime Minister Menachem Begin chose to call on Diaspora Jewry in his first speech as Prime Minister (23 June 1977): "I call on the citizens of Israel who have left the count...

Parshat Vayetze
An appointed time for Torah study in the everyday life  The Parasha in the daily Life - Parashat Vayetze - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - An appointed time for Torah study in the everyday life  The Parasha in the daily Life - Parashat Vayetze - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 On Yaacov's departure to Haran, he returns to Shem and Eber's Beit Midrash for another fourteen years: "Hizekiah said: "At the age of sixty-three our f...

Parshat Vayetze
Settlement or dominance and discouragement Parsha and its Implementation - Parashat Vayetze - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - Settlement or dominance and discouragement Parsha and its Implementation - Parashat Vayetze - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 The text describes the meeting between Jacob and Rachel at the well: " … Rachel came with her father's sheep; for she tended them. And continues… And Jaco...

Parshat Vayetze
The Strategic Connection Between The Spiritual and The Physical World - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald For the “Yeadim Nifgashim” for Shabbat Vayetze Yaakov Returned to the Beit Midrash of Shem and Ever. The Midrash Rabbah on the Parsha tells us that while Yaakov was on his way to Haran, he returned to the Beit Midrash of Shem and Ever for another fourteen years, and onl...


Parshat Vayishlach
The victory of the spirit - Bayamim Hahem Bazman Hazeh- in ancient days and in our times. Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life- Vayishlach - Chanukah - 5781 - The victory of the spirit - Bayamim Hahem Bazman Hazeh- in ancient days and in our times. Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life- Vayishlach - Chanukah - 5781 At the beginning of our Parasha it is described how Yaakov and Eisav moved towards each other 'Ready for Battle'. I...

Parshat Vayishlach
Integration without giving up independence The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayishlach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - Integration without giving up independence The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayishlach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 The history of Yaakov Avinu's life was full of struggles and challenges. As he described them to Pharaoh: מְעַ֣ט וְרָעִ֗ים הָיוּ֙ יְמֵי֙ שְׁנֵ֣י חַיַּ֔י וְלֹ֣א הִשׂ ...

Parshat Vayishlach
The Struggle for Primogeniture - since then and forever Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayishlach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5769 - The Struggle for Primogeniture - since then and forever Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayishlach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5769 The fateful encounter between Yaacov and Eisav, when Yaacov is coming from Lavan to the Land of Israel is also the decisive stage in the “struggle over the b...


Parshat Vayeshev
The people are thirsty for unity now Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life- Vayeshev - Chanukah - 5781 - The people are thirsty for unity now Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life- Vayeshev - Chanukah - 5781 In our Parasha we read about one of the greatest tragedies in the history of the Jewish people that occurred during the process of its formation. During four Psukim, th...

Parshat Vayeshev
The encrypted future code - between Israel and the nations Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – Parashat Vayeshev - Chanukah 5780 - The encrypted future code - between Israel and the nations Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – Parashat Vayeshev - Chanukah 5780 The opening of our Parasha should be analyzed as a continuation of the end of the previous one. Eisav goes from Yaacov, from Eretz Yisrael to the hill country of Seir in the...

Parshat Vayeshev
The tiny candles and Religion imposing Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayeshev - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - The tiny candles and Religion imposing Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayeshev - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 Joseph is identified in Egypt by his origins as "a Hebrew person." It is in this name that Potiphar's wife calls him: "Look, he had to bring us a Hebrew to dally with us" (Ber...


Parshat Miketz
Strategy to emerge from a crisis in a global natural disaster Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Miketz – 5781 - Strategy to emerge from a crisis in a global natural disaster Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Miketz – 5781 Yosef's interpretation of the second part of Pharaoh's dreams placed a warning sign against a global natural disaster. הַפָּר֗וֹת רָע֤וֹת הַמַּרְאֶה֙ וְדַק ...

Parshat Miketz
Modesty challenges in a permissive world The Parasha in the daily life – Parashat Miketz-Chanukah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - Modesty challenges in a permissive world The Parasha in the daily life – Parashat Miketz-Chanukah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 In our Parasha, we are exposed to Joseph's great "ordeal" with Potiphar's wife. Young Joseph grew up inside Yaacov's home; a home full of faith and spiritual atmos...

Parshat Miketz
On consultants and operations Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Miketz - Chanukah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - On consultants and operational staff Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Miketz - Chanukah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 What is the role of the consultants? And should decision makers have to accept their advice? A study of the Parasha on Yosef's advice to Pharaoh will help shed ligh...

Parshat Miketz
Yosef the Distributor – The Critical Importance of Economic Strategy - For Parshat Miketz – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our Parsha deals with many different aspects of the subject of macro-economics. The economy is one of the major factors of human society, and is a driving force behind historical changes. Pharaoh dreams of seven fat, healthy cows devoured by seven ema...


Parshat Vayigash
A government's promise must be kept Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayigash – 5781 - A government's promise must be kept Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayigash – 5781 At the beginning of our Parasha, Yehudah turns to Yosef in an attempt to change the decree and release Binyamin: וַיִּגַּ֨שׁ אֵלָ֜יו יְהוּדָ֗ה וַיֹּאמֶר֮ בִּ֣י אֲדֹנִי֒ יְדַבֶּר־נ ...

Parshat Vayigash
Money and the value-ladder in a career driven world The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayigash - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5780 - Money and the value-ladder in a career driven world The Parasha in the daily life - Parashat Vayigash - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5780 In our Parasha, the Torah describes Egypt's economic and existential crisis because of the famine: וַיְלַקֵּ֣ט יוֹסֵ֗ף אֶת־כָּל־הַכֶּ֙סֶף֙ הַנִּמְצָ֤א בְאֶֽר ...

Parshat Vayigash
Double-Meaning Speech Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayigash - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - Double-Meaning Speech Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayigash - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 The affair begins with a frontal confrontation between Yehuda and Yosef, which takes place on two levels, overt and covert. The confrontation is not symmetrical, because Yosef knows clearly wh...

Parshat Vayigash
ויגש - אנגלית - Active Human Incentive and Divine Processes Parshat Vayigash – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In our parsha, the story of the sale of Yosef comes full circle. Yosef reveals himself as the viceroy to the king of Egypt and send a message to his father that he is alive. So ended the most difficult perio...


Parshat Vayechi
Choosing a person or adhering to the path Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayechi - 5781 - Choosing a person or adhering to the path Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Parasha in our everyday life - Vayechi - 5781 The Parasha opens with Yaacov's will before his death. וַיִּקְרְב֣וּ יְמֵֽי־יִשְׂרָאֵ֘ל לָמוּת֒ וַיִּקְרָ֣א לִבְנ֣וֹ לְיוֹסֵ֗ף וַיֹּ֤אמֶר לוֹ֙ אִם־נָ֨א מָצָ֤אתִי חֵן֙ בְּעֵינ ...

Parshat Vayechi
A life of purpose and meaning The Parasha in the daily Life - Parashat Vayehi - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 - A life of purpose and meaning The Parasha in the daily Life - Parashat Vayehi - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 Parashat Vayehi seals the book of Genesis and the period of the Patriarchs and is named after its opening: וַיְחִ֤ייַעֲקֹב֙ בְּאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרַ֔יִם שְׁבַ֥ע עֶשְׂרֵ֖ה שָׁנָ֑ה וַיְהִ֤י י ...

Parshat Vayechi
…He bent his shoulder to the burden… Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayechi - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - …He bent his shoulder to the burden… Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Vayechi - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 The story of last week's fall of Staff Sergeant Yuval Mor-Yosef, who was a student at the Kiryat-Ono Hesder Yeshiva, opens a window to the revolution that began about two decades...

Parshat Vayechi
National Strategy of Demographics and Population Settlement - Parshat Vayechi Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald, Rosh Yeshivat Meir Harel Modiin-Ofakim One important foundation of national strategy involves demographics and population settlement. In the Torah, this foundation is integral to the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel. Effective planning of demograp...

Parshat Vayechi
Parshat Vayechi - Parshat Vayechi Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald, Rosh Yeshivat Meir Harel Modiin-Ofakim One important foundation of national strategy involves demographics and population settlement. In the Torah, this foundation is integral to the mitzvah of settling the Land of Israel. Effective planning of demographics...

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