Parshat Bamidbar
The Strategy Preserving of Jewish Identity - Parshat Tazriya – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our Parsha opens with the mitzvah of circumcision. "Speak to Bnei Israel and say to them: a woman who gives birth to a male…on the eighth day his foreskin must be circumcised." (Vayikra 12:2) Let us look into the ramifications of Brit Milah (circumcision...

Parshat Bamidbar
A Holiday with No Identity   - A Holiday of Many Names The Torah lists “the festival of Shavu’ot” as one of the three pilgrimage festivals, along with Pesach and Sukkot (Devarim 16:16 and elsewhere). It draws its name from the fact that it is the culmination of seven weeks that we begin counting on Pesach. Yet this is not th...


Parshat Naso
Idealistic and Functional Strategies of Modesty - Parshat Naso – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our parsha are several subjects in succession: the distancing of impure people from the camp, me'ilah (misuse of consecrated items), sotah (a married woman suspected of adultery), Nazir, and the blessing of the Cohanim (priests). The Sages o...

Parshat Naso
Functional and Idealistic Strategies of Modesty - Parshat Naso – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our Parsha there are several subjects in succession: the distancing of impure people from the camp, me'ilah (misuse of consecrated items), sotah (a married woman suspected of adultery), Nazir, and the blessing of the Cohanim (priests). The S...


Parshat Beha'alotecha
The Strategy of National Life Compared to the Strategy of Collective Survival – The Sound of the Trumpets - Parshat Beha'alotecha – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The mitzvah of the trumpets in the parsha comprises the key to understanding Jewish national existence, in regular times and during wartime. "And when you go to war in your land against the enemy which distresses you, you will sound the trumpets an...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
Parshat Beha'alotcha - Parshat Beha'alotecha – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Mitzvah of the trumpets in the Parsha comprises the key to understanding Jewish national existence, in regular times and during wartime. "And when you go to war in your land against the enemy which distresses you, you will sound the trumpets...


Parshat Shlach
The Need for a Forward-Looking Strategic Approach - For the “Matzav HaRuach” weekly publication for Shabbat Shelach Lecha  Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald   Parshat Shelach Lecha details the Sin of the Spies, one of the tragedies that continue to accompany us until this very day. Our sages sought to identify the causes of...

Parshat Shlach
Parshat Shlach Lecha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Parshat Shlach Lecha  Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Shelach Lecha details the Sin of the Spies, one of the tragedies that continue to accompany us until this very day. Our sages sought to identify the causes of the Sin of the Spies, as the spies were princes of Israel. The Zoh...


Parshat Korach
Social Strategy – Privileged Classes or Spheres of Holiness - Parshat Korach – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha is named after Korach and his controversy. "And Korach took…and they stood up before Moshe, with two hundred and fifty men from Bnei Israel, leaders of the people, representatives of the community and men of renown. And they gathered on Moshe a...

Parshat Korach
Parshat Korach – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Parshat Korach – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Social Strategy – Privileged Classes or Spheres of Holiness Our parsha is named after Korach and his controversy. "And Korach took…and they stood up before Moshe, with two hundred and fifty men from Bnei Israel, leaders of the people, representativ...


Parshat Chukat
Mei Merivah – The Unique Strategy of the Water Economy in Israel - Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The crisis of "Mei Merivah" (the waters of conflict) in our parsha joins a series of crises around the essential need for water, especially during Israel's journey in the desert. We need to take a close look at the Torah's special outlook on the need for...

Parshat Chukat
Parshat Chukat - Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The crisis of "Mei Merivah" (the waters of conflict) in our parsha joins a series of crises around the essential need for water, especially during Israel's journey in the desert. We need to take a close look at the Torah's special outlook on the need for...


Parshat Balak
The Strategic Stamina of the Holiness of the Family Unit - Parshat Balak – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha tells us about an exceptional strategic event in history. Am Israel in its historic journey comes near Moav. The king of Moav feels threatened and fears that his country will suffer the same fate as the Emorites who attacked Israel and were conq...

Parshat Balak
Parshat Balak -Rabbi Shenvald - Parshat Balak  Our Parsha tells us about an exceptional strategic event in history. Am Israel in its historic journey comes near Moav. The king of Moav feels threatened and fears that his country will suffer the same fate as the Emorites who attacked Israel and were conquered themselves. A...


Parshat Pinchas
Parshat Pinchas – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Intermarriage – The Strategic Threat to our Demographic Balance Parshat Pinchas – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha picks up where the previous parsha left off. Zimri Ben Salu, the chief of a clan of the tribe of Shimon, stands at the head of those who want to allow Jews to intermarry. He e...


Parshat Matot
Decisive Victory –From the Torah's Viewpoint - Parshat Mtot – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald These days we are commemorating a year after Operation "Tzuk Eitan" (Protestive Edge) and there is still a public debate about the outcome of the war. Some say we won and others say that even if we didn't lose, we didn't win either. In this context, let us...

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