:"Evil Mountain?"

08/02/13 10:05:42

Aug2

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Re'eh

 "Evil Mountain?"

Moshe Rabeinu addresses the Bnei Yisroel. He says to them, “Re’eh anochi nosayn lifnaychem hayom bracha u’klallah”. See, I have placed before...Read more...

The Benefits Of Starvation

07/26/13 08:44:39

Jul26

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Eikev

 The Benefits of Starvation

In the desert, Klal Yisroel was sustained by the manna. Their eating was an unnatural one. It descended from shamayim. It had non-physical properties. It was called "lechem abirim",  the bread of angels.

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Creation By Sight

07/19/13 09:50:02

Jul19

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Va'Eschanan


 Klal Yisroel was about to enter Eretz Yisroel. Moshe Rabeinu would not be accompanying them.

 Hashem commanded Moshe Rabeinu to bring forth water for the Bnei Yisroel by speaking to the rock. Moshe erred. Instead, he struck the...Read more...

Little Baby Og

07/12/13 10:16:16

Jul12

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Devarim

 The sefer of Devarim is called Mishnah Torah, a repetition of the Torah. It is a summation of what was stated previously in the other books of the Torah.

 In Parshas Devarim, the account of the war between K’lal Yisroel...Read more...

The Sorcerers Fell To The Ground

07/05/13 09:05:19

Jul5

R Pesach Siegel

The Sorcerers Fell To The Ground

Parshas Matos 5773

The parshah begins with the laws of oaths and vows.[1]

The discussion of vows is directly followed by revenge. [2]

The time of retribution has come for the people of Midian. This is to be the very last act of Moshe Rabeinu on this earth.  

The...Read more...

Don't Believe Everything You Hear

06/21/13 11:45:23

Jun21

R Pesach Siegel

Don't Believe Everything You Hear

Parshas Balak 5773

The Bnei Yisroel were fast approaching the Land of Canaan. The vanguards of Eretz Canaan, Sichon the king of the Emori and Og the King of Bashan were roundly defeated.

Mo’av was afraid.

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Fallen Angels

06/15/13 15:47:50

Jun15

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Chukas - 5773

 

In this week's parshah Moshe and Aharon are told that they will not be the ones to bring the Bnei Yisroel into...Read more...

Moshe's Very Own Donkey

06/07/13 10:18:37

Jun7

R Pesach Siegel

Moshe’s Very Own Donkey

Parshas Korach 5773

Korach staged a rebellion against the leadership of Moshe Rabeinu.

There are a number of stated causes for the basis of his revolt.

Moshe had promised to bring...Read more...

"Be Mine," Said the Sun to the Moon

05/31/13 07:27:30

May31

R Pesach Siegel

“Be Mine,” Said the Sun to the Moon

 

Parshas Shlach


The greatest tragedy to befall the Jewish nation is contained in the parshah of Shlach.

The Bnei Yisroel stood poised to enter Eretz Yisroel, the...Read more...

The Eyes of Return

05/24/13 11:51:37

May24

R Pesach Siegel

 

The Eyes of Return

 

 

Parshas BeHa’aloscha 5773

 

The Torah describes the process of taking leave from Har Sinai.  In the second year of the exodus from...Read more...

His Fault, Her Fault?

05/17/13 10:53:00

May17

R Pesach Siegel

His Fault, Her fault?

Parshas Naso 5773

The isha sotah is a woman who acts in a suspicious manner. She is warned by her husband not to be found alone with another man. She flouts his warning. From that moment on she is under a pall of suspicion. She is forbidden to be with...Read more...

From Earth to Angels

05/10/13 10:31:39

May10

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas BaMidbar 5773 - From Earth to Angels

Parshas BaMidbar is the first parsha in the sefer called BaMidbar. The Ramban tells us that the sefer deals with the manner the Bnei Yisroel were to interact with the Mishkan. They were warned against approaching it, just as they had been warned against ascending Har Sinai. The Kohanim are commanded in entering the sanctuary...Read more...

The Tale of Two Goats

04/19/13 10:41:14

Apr19

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Acharei Mos 5773

Nadav and Avihu, two sons of Aharon HaKohen died. They died on Rosh Chodesh Nisan, the day of the inauguration of the Miskan. Aharon HaKohen offered the korbanos of chata’as, olah, and sh’lamim. A fire descended from heaven and consumed the sacrifices.

Nadav...Read more...

The Unbirth

04/12/13 10:21:42

Apr12

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Tazria opens with the laws of a woman who has given birth to a child. If it is a male child she is ritually impure for a period of seven days following the birth. On the eighth day the child is to be circumcised. On the fortieth day she brings a korban. If it is a female child she is ritually impure for fourteen days. On the eightieth day she offers a korban.

 

The vast...Read more...

Getting In Touch With Your Animal Self

04/05/13 10:35:57

Apr5

R Pesach Siegel

Getting In Touch With Your Animal Self

Parshas Shmini 5773

The Mishkan was completed. The seven days prior to Rosh Chodesh Nisan were filled with preparatory avoda. Moshe clothed Aharon and his sons in the bigdei kehuna and involved them in the sacrifices.

On the eighth day, Rosh Chodesh, Aharon was commanded to...Read more...

Shabbos Chol HaMo'ed Pesach - Thou Shalt Not Be a Donkey

03/29/13 10:06:39

Mar29

R Pesach Siegel

Thou Shalt Not Be a Donkey

Pesach – Shabbos Chol HaMo’ed 5773

Based on the words of Mori VeRabi Harav Mordechai Gifter, z”l

The mishnah says, “All the scriptures are...Read more...

The Sweetness of Bitterness

03/22/13 08:26:11

Mar22

R Pesach Siegel

The Sweetness of Bitterness


Rav Yechezkel Landau, in his sefer, Tzion LiNefesh Chaya, ponders the order of the Pesach Seder.


The mitzvah of eating matzah precedes that of eating maror.


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The Altar of the Grave

03/16/13 16:57:58

Mar16

R Pesach Siegel

 

The Altar of the Grave

 

 

 Parshas VaYikra 5771



This week's parshah...Read more...

Parshas HaChodesh - Light Amidst the Darkness

03/08/13 08:43:41

Mar8

R Pesach Siegel

Light Amidst the Darkness

Parshas HaChodesh 5773


At the end of Chodesh Adar we read the parshah of “Hachodesh hazeh lachem rosh chadashim.”[1] This renewal is yours, the...Read more...

Sin of Greatness?

03/01/13 09:12:44

Mar1

R Pesach Siegel

Sin of Greatness?


Parshas Ki Sisa 5773


The Bnei Yisroel committed the seemingly unforgivable. At the...Read more...

Whole or Hole?

02/21/13 13:50:50

Feb21

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Tetzaveh/Zachor 5773

                                      Based on the words of Mori...Read more...

The Donkey of the Wicked

02/08/13 08:08:39

Feb8

R Pesach Siegel

The Donkey of the Wicked


Parshas Mishpatim 5773


The laws contained in Parshas Mishpatim are “sandwiched”...Read more...

Whose Children?

02/01/13 08:21:29

Feb1

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Yisro 5773

Whose Children? Her Children?

VaYishma Yisro – And Yisro heard. What did he hear? He heard about the splitting of the Yam Suf and the war waged against the Bnei Yisroel by the nation of Amalek. He heard and he came. He came with his...Read more...

Is It Safe To Cross?

01/25/13 06:09:22

Jan25

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas BeShalach - Is It Safe To Cross?

 

The Bnei Yisroel find themselves in a quandary, between a rock and a hard place. The Egyptians behind them, ready for blood, the Yam Suf blocking the way in front of them. They see Mitzrayim gaining on them and they are afraid, they are very...Read more...

Taking Back The World

01/20/13 02:44:27

Jan20

R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Bo 5773

Taking Back the World

This week’s parshah marks the culmination of the ten makos that Hashem brought upon Mitzrayim. Some of them were life threatening, most were not. Pharaoh stubbornly resisted releasing the Bnei Yisroel from their...Read more...

Seeing is not Believing

01/12/13 18:04:30

Jan12

R Pesach Siegel

Seeing is not Believing – The Elusive Barley Grain


Parshas Va’Eira 5773


The Land of Egypt is smitten...Read more...

The Fathers Within Ourselves

01/04/13 09:02:34

Jan4

R Pesach Siegel

The following Torah thoughts are based on the words of Mori VeRabi Harav Mordechai Gifter, zichrono livracha. The yartzeit of the Rosh Yeshiva is this Friday night, the 23rd of Teves.

The Fathers Within Ourselves


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Crowns of Thorns

12/28/12 09:27:21

Dec28

R Pesach Siegel

Crowns of Thorns


 Yosef swore to his father on his death bed that when the time comes for him to depart from the world, Yosef would return his father to Eretz Canaan.


The people of Mitzrayim...Read more...

Seeing Speech

12/21/12 08:43:41

Dec21

R Pesach Siegel

Seeing Speech


This week’s parshah marks the cataclysmic reunion between Yosef Hatzaddik and his brothers. Yehuda, thinking him and his brothers falsely accused, stands poised to tear apart MItzrayim. Yosef spars with him verbally, trading threat for...Read more...

Between Two Worlds

12/14/12 08:08:03

Dec14

R Pesach Siegel

Between Two Worlds

Chanuka 5773


There are wars and there are wars. Wars are fought by kings. In the period of the Davidic dynasty they were fought by kings who descended from the tribe of...Read more...

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