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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...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Matot-Masei (August 3, 2019)

08/06/2019 11:14:58 AM


Jews in Israel and the diaspora finally come together this week in reading the same Parasha.  It’s been about 15 weeks since the end of Pesach, when we first got separated. We’ve skipped many chances to catch up, many Parashiot which are indeed sometimes together and sometimes not.  But we in the diaspora did not read them together until now.    

The short reason for this is that the reading schedule...Read more...

R' Feldman's Derasha - Parashat Pinchas (July 27, 2019)

07/30/2019 11:13:27 AM


If it looks like a grab-bag of topics in the Parasha, look again.  There are five parts of the Parasha -- the reward of Pinchas, the counting of the Jews, the story of the daughters of Tzalafchad, the appointment of Yehoshua, and the run-down of the extra offerings for the holidays.  They all have one thing in common: the theme of substitution, or succession. The Parasha is about the transition that has taken place in the final year...Read more...

Wed, September 18 2019 18 Elul 5779