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
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 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
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 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
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 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
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 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
"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 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
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 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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