Parshat Devarim
Parshat Devarim - The Strategy of Public Criticism which Builds the Future Parshat Devarim – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald This Shabbat we will begin the Book of Devarim – the Mishneh Torah ("review of the Torah") and the Book of Reproof. In learning our parsha we will examine the strategy of public criticism whose p...

Parshat Devarim
The Strategy of Public Criticism which Builds the Future - Parshat Devarim – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald This Shabbat we will begin the Book of Devarim – the Mishneh Torah ("review of the Torah") and the Book of Reproof. In learning our parsha we will examine the strategy of public criticism whose purpose is to improve the future, as well as how to direct c...

Parshat Devarim
Mishnah Torah - to Repeat, to Change Parsha and it’s Implementation - Dvarim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5779 - משנה תורה – לִשנות כדי לְשנות Mishnah Torah - to Repeat, to Change Parsha and it’s Implementation - Dvarim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5779 The Chumash of Dvarim is named after the opening of our Parasha: אֵ֣לֶּה הַדְּבָרִ֗ים אֲשֶׁ֨ר דִּבֶּ֤ר מֹשֶׁה֙ אֶל־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵ֔ל בְּעֵ֖בֶר הַיַּרְד ...


Parshat Vaetchanan
Parshat Vaetchanan-Nachamu – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - National Consolation as a Cornerstone of Strategy Parshat Vaetchanan-Nachamu – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Vaetchanan usually falls on "Shabbat Nachamu" which follows Tisha B'Av. It is named after the Haftarah which begins with the word Nachamu: "Be consoled, be consoled My nation says you...

Parshat Vaetchanan
National Consolation as a Cornerstone of Strategy - Parshat Vaetchanan-Nachamu – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Vaetchanan usually falls on "Shabbat Nachamu" which follows Tisha B'Av. It is named after the Haftarah which begins with the word Nachamu: "Be consoled, be consoled My nation says your G-d. Speak to the heart of Jerusalem and tell her...

Parshat Vaetchanan
Recognize the right - to praise and take responsibility Parasha and its implementation – Va’etchanan - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Recognize the right - to praise and take responsibility Parasha and its implementation – Va’etchanan - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Parashat Va’etchanan opens with the plea of ​​Moshe Rabbeinu to G-d to enter Eretz Yisrael: " וָאֶתְחַנַּ֖ן אֶל־ה' בָּעֵ֥ת הַהִ֖וא לֵאמֹֽר׃…. אֶעְבְּרָה־נָּ֗א ...


Parshat Eikev
Parshat Ekev - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - The Strategic Danger of Meteoric Success Parashat Ekev – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In Sefer Devarim, Moshe Rabbenu addresses Am Israel at the gates of Eretz Israel. In his words, Moshe surveys events since the Exodus from Egypt and prepares the nation for the future, for the anticipated entry in...

Parshat Eikev
The Strategic Danger of Meteoric Success - Parshat Eikev – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In Sefer Devarim, Moshe Rabbenu addresses Am Israel at the gates of Eretz Israel. In his words, Moshe surveys events since the Exodus from Egypt and prepares the nation for the future, for the anticipated entry into Eretz Israel and taking possession of the...

Parshat Eikev
Afula and the 613 Mitzvot Parsha and its Implementation – Ekev - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Afula and the 613 Mitzvot Parsha and its Implementation – Ekev - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha is named after its opening Pasuk: " וְהָיָ֣ה ׀ עֵ֣קֶב תִּשְׁמְע֗וּן אֵ֤ת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים֙ הָאֵ֔לֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֥ם וַעֲשִׂיתֶ֖ם אֹתָ֑ם וְשָׁמַר֩ ה אֱלֹהֶ֜יךָ לְךָ֗ אֶֽת־הַבְּרִית֙ וְאֶ ...


Parshat Re'eh
The Strategic Significance of the Unity of the Spiritual and the Sovereign Capital - Parshat Re'eh - The Strategic Significance of the Unity of the Spiritual and the Sovereign Capital Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In our Parsha we are commanded to lay one of the foundations of the Jewish nation, building "Beit HaBechirah" (the Temple) and establishing the "spiritual c...

Parshat Re'eh
The Strategic Significance of the Unity of the Spiritual and the Sovereign Capital -  Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In our parsha we are commanded to lay one of the foundations of the Jewish nation, building "Beit HaBechirah" (the Temple) and establishing the "spiritual capital" of Am Israel. "...to the place which the Lord your G-d will choose from all your tribes to p...

Parshat Re'eh
The Strategic Significance of the Unity of the Spiritual and the Sovereign Capital - Parshat Re'eh – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald In our parsha we are commanded to lay one of the foundations of the Jewish nation, building "Beit HaBechirah" (the Temple) and establishing the "spiritual capital" of Am Israel. "...to the place which the Lord your G-d will choose from all your tribes to p...

Parshat Re'eh
Fateful elections in Elul Parsha and its Implementation – Re’eh - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Fateful elections in Elul Parsha and its Implementation – Re’eh - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha opens with blessings and curses: רְאֵ֗ה אָנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה׃ אֶֽת־הַבְּרָכָ֑ה אֲשֶׁ֣ר תִּשְׁמְע֗וּ אֶל־מִצְוֺת֙ ה' אֱלֹֽהֵיכֶ֔ם אֲשֶׁ֧ר אָנֹכִ֛י ...


Parshat Shoftim
"Until it Falls" – The Strategy of Israel's Wars on Weekdays and on Shabbat Parshat Shoftim Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - "Until it Falls" – The Strategy of Israel's Wars on Weekdays and on Shabbat Parshat Shoftim Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Meir Harel, Modiin - Ofakim The Parshiot of Sefer Devarim contain entire chapters on military theory. One of them is in our parsha (Devarim 20:19): When...

Parshat Shoftim
"Until it Falls" – The Strategy of Israel's Wars on Weekdays and on Shabbat - Parshat Shoftim Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – Rosh Yeshivat Hesder Meir Harel, Modiin - Ofakim The Parshiot of Sefer Devarim contain entire chapters on military theory. One of them is in our parsha (Devarim 20:19): When you lay siege to a city many days to fight against it and conquer it…build a sie...

Parshat Shoftim
Sovereign kingdom and Kingdom of Heaven Parsha and its Implementation - Shoftim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - Sovereign kingdom and Kingdom of Heaven Parsha and its Implementation - Shoftim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 In our Parasha, the Torah deals with the King's appointment: …וְאָמַרְתָּ֗ אָשִׂ֤ימָה עָלַי֙ מֶ֔לֶךְ כְּכָל־הַגּוֹיִ֖ם אֲשֶׁ֥ר סְבִיבֹתָֽי׃ שׂ֣וֹם תָּשִׂ֤ים עָלֶ֙יךָ֙ מֶ֔לֶךְ אֲשׁ ...


Parshat Ki Teitze
Parshat Ki Teitze – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - The Mitzvah of the Railing and the Strategy of Faith and National Security Parshat Ki Teitze Parshat Ki TeTeitze – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Occasionally one of the 613 mitzvot, which is relevant to a specific situation, is actually a foundation and general principle in Judaism. This is th...

Parshat Ki Teitze
The Mitzvah of the Railing and the Strategy of Faith and National Security - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Occasionally one of the 613 mitzvot, which is relevant to a specific situation, is actually a foundation and general principle in Judaism. This is the case with the mitzvah of the railing in our parsha, which relates to the obligation of homeowners to ensure the safety...

Parshat Ki Teitze
The Mitzvah of the Railing and the Strategy of Faith and National Security - Parshat Ki TeTeitze – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Occasionally one of the 613 mitzvot, which is relevant to a specific situation, is actually a foundation and general principle in Judaism. This is the case with the mitzvah of the railing in our parsha, which relates to the obligation of homeowners t...

Parshat Ki Teitze
You can't ignore it Parsha and Its Implementation – Ki Tetzeh - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 - You can't ignore it Parsha and Its Implementation – Ki Tetzeh - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The Mitzvah of Hashabat Abeida (return a lost item) which appears in our Parasha, is one of the most familiar and learned mitzvot from an early age. But expanding the learning from the Rishonim and A...


Parshat Ki Tavo
Agriculture in Israel – Holiness or a Strategic Means for Survival - Parshat Ki Tavo – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha opens with the mitzvah of Bikurim, an agricultural mitzvah unique to Eretz Israel, which entails bringing the first fruits of our agricultural labors to Beit HaMikdash. "And you will take from the first of every fruit which you will bring from...

Parshat Ki Tavo
Agriculture in Israel – Holiness or a Strategic Means for Survival - Parshat Ki Tavo – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our Parsha opens with the Mitzvah of Bikurim, an agricultural Mitzvah unique to Eretz Israel, which entails bringing the first fruits of our agricultural labors to Beit HaMikdash. "And you will take from the first of every fruit which you will bring from...


Parshat Nitzavim
Parshat Nitzavim- Rav Eliezer Shenvald - Parshat Nitzavim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald "G-d will not agree to forgive him. For then G-d's wrath and jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curses written in this book will rest upon him…" (Devarim 29:19) Forgiveness is one of the foundation stones of the mutual relationships bet...


Parshat Haazinu
The Song of Ha'azinu The Song of the Eternal Strategic Covenant between G-d and Am Israel - Parshat Ha'azinu – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The song of Ha'azinu – the song of the eternal covenant between G-d and Israel - is, in a way, the "contract" of the covenant which was made between G-d and Am Israel before they entered the Land. Parshat Ha'azinu is unique in that the Talmud itself div...

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