Parshat HaShavua

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The commandments concerning the special garments of the Cohen Gadol as well as the garments for the regular Cohanim are given.  The Cohanim and the altar are inaugurated in a 7-day inauguration.  The commands of the daily offering and the altar for...

Parshat Mishpatim We begin a new era in the Torah: the Mitzvah era.  In the first 86 verses of the Parsha, there are 51 mitzvot. The bulk of the parsha is civil law mitzvot.  The end of the parsha resumes the narrative, describing the impending entry...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Yitro joins Moshe.  He advises Moshe in delegating to judges.  At Mt. Sinai, G-d offers the Jewish people to be a treasured people.  The Ten Commandments are given at Sinai.  The people quake in response.  1st aliya (18:1-12) Yitro, Moshe’s father in law,...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   Paro pursues, the sea splits, the people sing.  The people traveled and complained for water in Mara, for bread and meat in the Desert of Sin and for water in Refidim.  Amalek attacked and was defeated.   1st aliya (13:17-14:8) G-d guides the Jews...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The 8th and 9th plagues occur.  Before the 10th, death of the first born, the mitzvot of Korban Pesach and of Matza are given.  The first-born die.  The Jews are sent out of Egypt.  Mitzvot are given to commemorate the momentous event...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Parshat Vaera is the transition from Divine promises to Divine action.  After Paro’s first refusal at the end of last week’s Parsha, G-d assures Moshe that He will release the Jewish people from slavery and bring them to the land of Israel....

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Parshat Shemot The Jewish people are in Egypt.  A new Paro is concerned with the size of the Jewish people.  He decrees hard labor, infanticide and then actively drowning the male babies.  Moshe is born, raised in Paro’s daughter’s home.  After seeing the...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Vayechi means life, yet the parsha begins with talk of death and ends with death.  Yaakov demands to be buried in Israel.  Yosef swears he will.  Yaakov elevates his grandchildren, Ephraim and Menashe to be equal to his children as tribes settling...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   The Parasha begins in the middle of the story.  Yosef has just told Yehuda and all the brothers that Binyamin, the thief, will become a slave to Yosef.  All the others are free to leave.  Our Parasha begins with Yehuda’s long and...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   Yosef ascends from jail to complete control of Egypt.  Paro has a dream.  The Butler remembers Yosef in jail.  Yosef tells Paro of 7 impending years of plenty followed by 7 of famine.  Yosef is appointed to manage the hoarding of food...