Parshat HaShavua

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...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Bamidbar 13:1-20) Moshe is instructed to send leaders, 1 per tribe, to tour the land. The leaders names are listed. They are to travel from the Negev to the mountainous area. To see the land, the people, the cities and...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Parshat Behalotcha is one of the richest of the parshiot of the Torah.  In it the preparation to march to the Land is completed; off we go, the march begins.  It is the pivot from the sublime to the practical, from the...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Bamidbar 4:21-37) Instructions for and a census of the family of Gershon (son of Levi) are done. The family of Gershon is responsible for the textiles of the Mishkan: the curtains and the covers of the Mishkan. They are to...

Parshat Emor by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 25:1-18) Shmita: The Land of Israel has its Shabbat. Work 6 years, the 7th is a Shabbat to G-d. What grows on its own is available to be used. Yovel: 7 cycles of 7 years is followed...

Parshat Emor by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 21:1-15) Cohanim are not permitted to come in contact with the dead except for their nuclear family.  Nor are they to adopt non Jewish mourning practices such as balding their head and beard or cutting their flesh. ...

Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 16:1-24) Aharon is instructed to enter the Holy of Holies only through an elaborate process of offerings.  He is to bring a private sin offering.  And a communal sin offering of 2 identical goats, one as...

Parshat Tazria-Metzora by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The double parsha of Tazria-Metzora is challenging.  Their theme is simple: entry to the Mikdash is restricted for those who are Tamei.  There are a number of situations that render a person Tamei.  The removal of the Tuma status allows...