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:"Evil Mountain?"

08/02/2013 10:05:42 AM


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

07/26/2013 08:44:39 AM


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.


Creation By Sight

07/19/2013 09:50:02 AM


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

07/12/2013 10:16:16 AM


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

07/05/2013 09:05:19 AM


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...

Don't Believe Everything You Hear

06/21/2013 11:45:23 AM


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.


Fallen Angels

06/15/2013 03:47:50 PM


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

06/07/2013 10:18:37 AM


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...

"Be Mine," Said the Sun to the Moon

05/31/2013 07:27:30 AM


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

05/24/2013 11:51:37 AM


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?

05/17/2013 10:53:00 AM


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

05/10/2013 10:31:39 AM


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

04/19/2013 10:41:14 AM


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...

The Unbirth

04/12/2013 10:21:42 AM


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...

Getting In Touch With Your Animal Self

04/05/2013 10:35:57 AM


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

03/29/2013 10:06:39 AM


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...

The Sweetness of Bitterness

03/22/2013 08:26:11 AM


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.

...

The Altar of the Grave

03/16/2013 04:57:58 PM


R Pesach Siegel


The Altar of the Grave



 Parshas VaYikra 5771

This week's parshah...

Parshas HaChodesh - Light Amidst the Darkness

03/08/2013 08:43:41 AM


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?

03/01/2013 09:12:44 AM


R Pesach Siegel

Sin of Greatness?

Parshas Ki Sisa 5773

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

Whole or Hole?

02/21/2013 01:50:50 PM


R Pesach Siegel

Parshas Tetzaveh/Zachor 5773

                                      Based on the words of Mori...

The Donkey of the Wicked

02/08/2013 08:08:39 AM


R Pesach Siegel

The Donkey of the Wicked

Parshas Mishpatim 5773

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

Whose Children?

02/01/2013 08:21:29 AM


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?

01/25/2013 06:09:22 AM


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

01/20/2013 02:44:27 AM


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

01/12/2013 06:04:30 PM


R Pesach Siegel

Seeing is not Believing – The Elusive Barley Grain

Parshas Va’Eira 5773

The Land of Egypt is smitten...

The Fathers Within Ourselves

01/04/2013 09:02:34 AM


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


Crowns of Thorns

12/28/2012 09:27:21 AM


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...

Seeing Speech

12/21/2012 08:43:41 AM


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

12/14/2012 08:08:03 AM


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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