Parshat Vayikra
A Calling Order Parsha and its fulfillment - Parshat Vayikra - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - A Calling Order Parsha and its fulfillment - Parshat Vayikra - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 The two Parashiyot, Vayikra & Tzav, that open the Sefer of Vayikra, deal with the laws of sacrifices. In contrast to the simplistic reading of the Parasha, it not only deals with the technical asp...


Parshat Tzav
The fast way Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Tzav - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 - The fast way Parsha and its fulfillment - Parashat Tzav - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5769 In the midst of the great joy at the construction of the Mishkan, a great tragedy is happening: The death of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s two sons. Nadav and Avihu were supreme saints who had never sinned in...

Parshat Tzav
The Strategy of a Historical Revolution – From Slavery to Freedom - Shabbat Hagadol Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Very often a historical revolution with far-reaching consequences takes place – by virtue of a previous, lesser event which paved the way for the great change. Genuine freedom is not granted on a silver platter! And not by virtue of one deed. Going from sl...


Parshat Tazriya
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 Achari Mot
The Strategy of Choosing Life - Parshat Achrei Mot – Kedoshim Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Acharei Mot begins with the "order of the service" of the Cohen Gadol in the Beit Mikdash on Yom Kippur, and the restrictions on entering Kodesh HaKodeshim (the Holy of Holies of the Temple). "And G-d said to Moshe, after the death of...


Parshat Emor
5768 - Rabbi Shenvald - Parshat Emor - The Strategy of Cyclical Maintenance of Spiritual Power Parshat Emor – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our parsha, parshat Emor, is "Parshat HaMo'adim" (times, seasons) which elaborates on the holidays. "And G-d said to Moshe, speak to Bnei Israel and say to them, these are G-d's tim...

Parshat Emor
The Strategy of Cyclical Maintenance of Spiritual Power - Parshat Emor – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our parsha, parshat Emor, is "parshat HaMo'adim" (times, seasons) which elaborates on the holidays. "And G-d said to Moshe, speak to Bnei Israel and say to them, these are G-d's times which you will call holy times, these are My times." (Vay...


Parshat Behar
The Emunah – Based Strategy for Long-Term Management of our National Land ResourcesT - Parshat Behar – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Behar opens with the mitzvah of Shemittah: "When you will come to the land which I am giving you, the land will rest a sabbatical (year) to G-d." (Vayikra 25:2) And the parsha continues with the mitzvah of the Yovel: "And you will sanctify the fift...

Parshat Behar
he Emunah – Based Strategy for Long-Term Management of our National Land Resources - Parshat Behar – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Behar opens with the mitzvah of Shemittah: "When you will come to the land which I am giving you, the land will rest a sabbatical (year) to G-d." (Vayikra 25:2) And the parsha continues with the mitzvah of the Yovel: "And you will sanctify the fift...


Parshat Bechukotai
Shavuot - The Strategy of a Learning Nation Shavuot – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Festival of Shavuot is "The Time of the Giving of our Torah." The Revelation at Mount Sinai was a formative event where the Torah was given, with all of its 613 mitzvot, to all of Am Israel, as one entity and not as indivi...

Parshat Bechukotai
The Emunah-Based Strategy For Coping With Crises And With Denial - Parshat Bechukotai-Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Bechukotai concludes the book of Vayikra. The parsha opens with the covenant between Am Israel and G-d, and describes the blessing that will result from keeping the covenant, and the "curse"- the calamity that, G-d forbid, will come in the wake...

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