anti - Semitism / Mitzvot / Purim / Shabbat Zachor

Parashat (Torah Reading) ZACHOR

B”H Yesterday’s Shabbat was SHABBAT ZACHOR. The Shabbat before Purim where we read the Parashat (Torah Portion) ZACHOR in the Synagogues. Zachor (Remember) teaches us about the evil attack of Amalek, the grandson of Esav. When the Amalekites were attacking the Jews in the desert. Until today, all anti-Semites are being referred to as Amalek. … Continue reading

Guide for the Perplexed / Mitzvot / Rambam

The Rambam on people failing to see a rational basis for commandments

B”H I love studying the Rambam’s “Moreh Nevuchim – Guide for the Perplexed” and I would like to quote one of Rambam’s most significant teachings. From the “Guide for the Perplexed”, 3:31 There are persons who find it difficult to give a reason for any of the commandments, and consider it right to assume that … Continue reading

Jewish Concepts / Mitzvot / Rabbi Chaim Eisen / Shiluach Ha'Ken / Torah / Torah Parasha

A long Life by keeping “Shiluach Ha’Ken”

B”H The Torah teaches that keeping three Mitzvot grant a long life: 1. Honouring one’s parents. Honouring but the Torah doesn’t command you to love your parents. Only respecting them. 2. Sending away the mother – bird before taking its offspring from the nest. This week’s Parasha KI TEITZE, in Deuteronomy (Devarim) 22:6, teaches about … Continue reading

Gentiles / Halacha / Korbanot / Mitzvot / Pessach / Rosh Chodesh / Temple / The Jews in Egypt

The Mitzvot given in Parashat BO

B”H This week’s Parasha, Parashat BO, doesn’t only teach us about further plagues taking place but also lists quite a few Torah Mitzvot. Sefer HaChinuch provides a detailed list of those Mitzvot but I must point out that the following Mitzvot are for JEWS only ! 1. The obligation to sanctify ROSH CHODESH (the new … Continue reading