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Parsha Portions-Nitzavim-Vayelech

FIRST ALIYAH- Moshe engages the people of Israel in establishing the covenant of the Plains of Moab which emphasizes the need for Jews to be responsible for one another. Responsibility revolves not only around the need to help one another, but more poignantly, the...

Parsha Portions-Ki Tavo

  FIRST ALIYAH- We read about the bringing of the first fruits to the Kohen, a mitzvah that was to be fulfilled on the completion of the conquering and the settling of the land of Israel. Part of the ceremony involved the recitation of a text relating in brief...

Parsha Portions – Ki Tetze

Rabbi Finkelstein     The Sefer HaChinuch identifies eighty four commandments in this parsha. We will choose to focus on some of them in this synopsis and analysis. FIRST ALIYAH-This Aliyah begins with a description of the ‘Yefat Toar’ situation concerning...

Parsha Portions-Shoftim

  FIRST ALIYAH- The Torah portion opens with the command to ensure the presence of a court and police system in order to ensure law and order in the community. The Ramban, in analyzing this law cites that the present arrangement of Batei Din in cities outside of...

Parsha Portions – Re’eh

  FIRST ALIYAH- Moshe notifies the people of Israel that they will be receiving a series of blessings and curses to be recited at the mountains of Gerizim and Eval outside of Shechem, modern Nablus. What characterizes these blessings and curses is the element of...

Parsha Portions – Eikev

  FIRST ALIYAH- Moshe further develops in his review of the laws and the history of the people of Israel in the desert the concepts of reward and punishment for the observance or failure to observe the commandments in terms of what awaits them when they enter the...