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R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Bereshit (October 26, 2019)

10/29/2019 09:30:08 AM


The Creation story at the beginning of the Chumash is a universal story.  It doesn’t take us more than 20 generations to get to Avraham Avinu, but it’s still a universal story.  

The remarkable thing is how much it remains a universal story.  More than half of the world takes its religious orientation from these stories because Christians and Moslems make up more than half of humanity.  After them, the...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Ki Tavo (September 21, 2019)

09/25/2019 10:53:18 AM


There is no month of the Jewish year more laden with hints than Elul.  Like all of the names of the months, it came back with the Jews from Babylon.  But the fact that it is not Hebrew has not deterred many Sages from finding reference to it all over Tanach.  

I want to point to a reason for this explosion of hints, and then speak about a few of the most prominent ones.  

The cognitive faculty...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Ki Teitzei (September 14, 2019)

09/17/2019 10:29:30 AM


By the Rambam’s reckoning of Mitzvot in the Torah, there are 72 Mitzvot in this week’s Parasha.  It is the most Mitzva-rich Parasha in the Torah, although there are several Parashiot which are close.  It is more than 10% of all of the Mitzvot in the Torah. 

It seems like a large number, just as 613 seems large.  But there aren’t really that many that apply today. The Chofetz Chaim at one point produced a...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Shoftim (September 7, 2019)

09/10/2019 11:26:13 AM


The Sforno points out that this is the Parasha of leadership.  Four different figures of leadership come up: the judge, the king, the Kohen and the prophet.  They each have a different role to play in Klal Yisrael but these sections describing them do more than introduce them.  They lay out limits. In all four instances, the point is to set down limits on the leader.  

The judge has the power to...

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