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R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Balak

07/23/2019 01:12:07 PM

Jul23

Rabbi Feldman

It’s easy in this Parasha to think of Mister Ed.  Or Charlotte’s Web.  I’ve never spoken much about the donkey but there’s something pretty revealing in her few lines.

When Hashem opens her mouth, the donkey says what anyone would say, “What are you doing to me?”  But she goes on -- “that you’ve hit me three times.” That’s how it has been translated, both in the ancient translation in Aramaic and...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Chukat

07/16/2019 11:59:40 AM

Jul16

One of the ways to figure out the significance of the beginning of this Parasha is to look, as with real estate, at its location.  The Mitzva of the red heifer seems quite out of place. It should be among the other atonement sacrifices in the book of Vayikra and not here.  There are barely any Halachic pronouncements in the book of Bamidbar, and certainly even fewer which don’t seem to be linked to anything that is happening in...Read more...

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