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
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 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
Progress in the desert and the giving of the Torah Parsha and its fulfillment - Naso - Shavuot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Progress in the desert and the giving of the Torah Parsha and its fulfillment - Naso - Shavuot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha is a continuation of the Parashat Bamidbar - the census and the continuation of the preparations for the journey to the Land of Israel. The reading of o...


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 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
Leadership during a crisis Parsha and its Implementation – Beha'alotcha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Leadership during a crisis Parsha and its Implementation – Beha'alotcha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 In our Parasha, the period of crises of the desert begins. The severe crises of the "complainers" and the קברות" התאווה, “graves where the victims of inordinate desire were buried” challeng...


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 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
Choice for generations Parsha and its Implementation – Shlach Lecha’ - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Choice for generations Parsha and its Implementation – Shlach Lecha’ - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 What can be learned from the spies’ sin story? The spies’ sin was undoubtedly a very serious sin. We are faced with its severity by the seriousness of the punishment. An entire generati...


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 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
Humility and not a Personality Ritual Parsha and its Implementation - Korach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5779 - Humility and not a Personality Ritual Parsha and its Implementation - Korach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5779 In the midst of the crisis with Dathan and Abiram it is said: "וַיָּ֣קָם מֹשֶׁ֔ה וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ אֶל־דָּתָ֣ן וַאֲבִירָ֑ם וַיֵּלְכ֥וּ אַחֲרָ֖יו זִקְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ Moses rose and went t...


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 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
Not everything is rational - On rationality, balance and criticism Parsha and its Implementation - Chukat - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Not everything is rational On rationality, balance and criticism Parsha and its Implementation - Chukat - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The Mitzva of the Red heifer is the best way to point at the limits of the ability of human rationality. "I have tried all with wisdom… Shlomo said: did...


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 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
Family unit and modesty as an ideal Parsha and its Implementation - Balak - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Family unit and modesty as an ideal Parsha and its Implementation - Balak - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The “Blessings” of Balaam in our Parasha are a fascinating source to trace his original intentions: "From the blessing of that wicked person, Balaam, you can ascertain what was in his hea...


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 Pinchas
Short-term memory Parsha and its Implementation - Pinchas - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Short-term memory Parsha and its Implementation - Pinchas - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The Stories of Balak and Bil'am and the sin with the daughters of Moav accompany us in reading the Parashot Pinchas and Matot as well. In reading the Torah every year, we preserve our collective memory o...


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...

Parshat Matot
The sanctity of a leader's word Parsha and its Implementation - Matot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - The sanctity of a leader's word Parsha and its Implementation - Matot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha begins with the laws of vows and oaths and addresses the chiefs of staff: וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר מֹשֶׁה֙ אֶל־רָאשֵׁ֣י הַמַּטּ֔וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֣ה הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֖ר צִוָּ֥ ...


Parshat Masei
Map of existence challenges since always and forever Parsha and its realization - Masei - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Map of existence challenges since always and forever Parsha and its realization - Masei - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Studying Parashat Masei in depth, throughout and across is a 'must' course for anyone who purports to place himself in a political leadership position in the present and fut...

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