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R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Re'eh (August 31, 2019)

09/03/2019 11:21:17 AM


We start to blow the Shofar tomorrow.  It’s an attempt to get our attention. But really it’s a way to start the month with an emphasis on hearing.  

Back in Bereisheet, the births of the tribes begin in an order that echoes the natural world.  First, there was sight and then there was hearing -- Reuven and then Shimon. That’s the natural way, as we all know that we see lightning well before we hear the crack...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Eikev (August 24, 2019)

08/27/2019 11:20:08 AM


The Parasha has extraordinary focus on the land of Israel, but the point has a lot of relevance to us right here too.

Children at SPHDS learn how to make Berachot regularly on whatever they eat.  They also learn how to negotiate a plate full of various fruits, and how to figure out which fruit gets the honor of being blessed.  To figure that out, they learn a verse in this week’s Parasha, which lists the fruits of the...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Vaetchanan (August 17, 2019)

08/20/2019 11:18:51 AM


Sometimes, I concentrate on a single verse and it seems like I’m making a lot out of what seems kind of obscure.  This week, it might be one verse, but it’s pretty obvious how prominent it is. This is what we say every time the Torah is read.  When we pick it up, we recite, V’Zot HaTorah Asher Sam Moshe Liftei Bnei Yisrael -- this is the Torah Moshe placed before the Jewish people.  Some point their fingers and some...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Devarim (August 10, 2019)

08/13/2019 11:17:23 AM


I mentioned the serendipity of the placement of the double Parasha last week in the way it emphasizes the importance of Eretz Yisrael.  The timing is also explained by the need to make sure this week’s Parasha always comes out before Tisha B’Av is observed. We hear Moshe Rabenu retell the story of the spies, which originally culminated in a disaster on  this day, on Tisha B’Av.  

The book of Devarim is Moshe...

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