Rabbi David Etengoff
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Chazal’s name for the fourth book of the Torah is Sefer HaPekudim, the Book of the Counting. Little wonder, then, that it has been given the English title, “Numbers.” The … more
The beginning of parashat Behar focuses on the mitzvah of Shemittah: “And the L-rd spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel and you shall say to them: … more
One of the most celebrated sections of our parasha, Emor, focuses on the moadim. Its 44 pasukim comprise the 23rd chapter of Sefer Vayikra and serve as an encyclopedic presentation of the … more
Midrash Tanchuma, Parashat Yitro 10, teaches us that Torah study is comprised of three essential categories: Talmud (logical analysis), Halacha (Jewish law) and Aggadot (non-halachic expository … more
Parashat Tazria contains a pasuk that references the mitzvah of brit milah: “And on the eighth day, the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” (Sefer Vayikra 12:3)  At … more
The Haftorah to parsha Yzav on this Shabbat Hagadol, contains two well-known pasukim that conclude both Sefer Malachi and the Nevi’im section of Tanach. Malachi prophesizes the eventual … more
Different Jewish ethnicities have varying traditions regarding the proper way a Torah scroll should be written. Yet, vayikra — the first word of our parasha and the namesake of sefer … more
The final five parshiot of Sefer Shemot describe every conceivable aspect of the construction of the Mishkan, including its kalim (vessels and utensils) and the bigdei kohanim (the garments worn by … more
Jewish history has many authentic heroes who reached the ultimate heights of spirituality. This includes, but is not limited to, the Avot, Emahot, Moshe, Aharon, the Nevi’im, and Chazal, … more
Na’aseh v’nishmah — we will do, and we will hear and understand — are two of the most celebrated words that appear in Parashat Mishpatim (24:7). In some ways, this … more
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