Parshat HaShavua

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   Haazinu is the second last Parsha in the Torah.  It is one chapter of 52 verses, making it one of the shortest in the Torah.   All but 8 verses consist of the song of Haazinu.  The song is written in the Torah in...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Vayeilech is the shortest Parsha in the Torah.  The entire parsha is one chapter of just 30 verses.  1st aliya (Devarim 31:1-3) Moshe goes.  And speaks to the entire people.  I am 120 years old.  I will not bring you into the land;...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Our Parsha begins the conclusion of our Torah. The book of Devarim consists of Moshe’s long speech at the end of his life. His speech is crafted beautifully, a magnum opus of past, present and future. He began with a review of...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Parshat Re’eh begins a section filled with Mitzvot. In the next 3 parshiot there are 170 Mitzvot, ¼ of all the mitzvoth of the Torah. In the flow of Moshe’s speech, he is switching from a discussion of how we got to...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Devarim 7:12-8:10) On the heels of you keeping the mitzvoth, G-d will keep His covenant with you. And love you. You will enjoy success: economic, health, military. Should you fear the nations in the land, wondering how you will prevail...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (3:23-4:4) I beseeched G-d to allow me to enter the land.  He refused: ascend the mountain, gaze at the land that you will not enter.  Charge Yehoshua, for he will lead the people.  Now, Ysrael Shema, listen to the commandments...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Bamidbar25:10-26:4) Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aharon halted the plague. He will merit the covenant of peace, of priesthood. Those killed by him were Zimri, the prince of a family of Shimon and Kozbi, the daughter of a prince...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The march to the land of Israel continues. The people have successfully confronted Sichon and Og on the east side of the Jordan, moving closer to the land. But they have also lost suffered the death of Miriam and Aharon. The march...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   1st aliya (Bamidbar 19:1-17) Para Aduma: This is the Torah law.  Elazar the Cohen shall remove from the camp an unblemished red heifer that has never worked.  It is burnt.  Cedar, hyssop and red thread shall be burnt with it.  The Cohanim...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The story of the rebellion of Korach parallels the story of the spies from last week. Both are a rejection of the Divine, albeit in the rough and tumble of human dynamics. In the sin of the spies, although G-d promised the...