Joseph spoke in Lashon HaKodesh to prove to his brothers that although he remained in Egypt for many years, he had maintained the degree of purity and holiness required to retain the language.
Parsha of the week
A “messenger of G-d” refers to either an angel or a prophet, but what about a “messenger of Jacob”? When Jacob sent a message of peace to his older, belligerent brother Esau (Gen. 32:4), the Torah says that he sent Esau malachim (“messengers”). While the word malach in Hebrew may mean “messenger”, it also means Read more
How can the Torah say that G-d hates single-stone altars if we find in the time of the forefathers that G-d was pleased with such worship?
According to what it appears the Torah has to say about hair, though, the issue about a woman’s hair is less about the actual object—the collection of the follicles—but what it represents.
Regarding the judge, the Torah uses the word kelalah to denote cursing, while regarding the king, the Torah uses the word arur. Why, in the self-same verse, does the Torah switch from using one word to using the other?
What can we, the Jews living in this generation, learn from this disagreement over whether the land was divided among those who left Egypt or those who entered the land?
The Gemara says, “A person’s given name expresses his essence.” The letters of Korach’s name are an acronym for his demise.
Hashem is asking us to keep going, to continue learning even when we feel overwhelmed and despair of ever understanding. It is the effort that counts.
Aharon’s silence “The sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, each took his fire pan, they put fire in them and placed incense upon it; and they brought before Hashem a strange fire that He had not commanded them. A fire came forth from before Hashem and consumed them, and they died before Hashem.” What was Read more
Understanding how davening works is essential for us to appreciate its impact and how much it can affect our lives and those that we care about.