Planting Smart

Planting Smart

כִּי הָאָדָם עֵץ הַשָּׂדֶה – דברים כ, יט “…Is the tree of the field a man…” (Devarim 20:19) Translated literally, this verse is asking a rhetorical question: is the tree a human being? Why then should a tree be wantonly destroyed even when waging a war against the inhabitants of the city? We find, however, that the Talmud interprets this […]

August 23, 2017 at 2:50 AM 0 comments

The Real King

The Real King

שׂוֹם תָּשִׂים עָלֶיךָ מֶלֶךְ – דברים יז, טו “…..You shall appoint a king over you….” (Devarim 17:15) When a king is appointed, he is anointed with oil. —Rambam, Hilchos Melachim 1:7 When stating the mitzvah to appoint a king, the Torah does not mention the process of anointing the king with oil. Furthermore, Yehoshua is considered to have the Halachic […]

August 22, 2017 at 3:52 PM 0 comments

Parashat Shoftim – Do we believe in Astrology?

Parashat Shoftim – Do we believe in Astrology?

How would I behave if I would know the future? would I act different? will my life be different if I could know the future? knowing the future could make a big difference but the Torah thinks different.   Duration of class:51:58                 http://feeds.soundcloud.com/stream/339006822-rabbialonanava-parashat-shoftim-do-we-believe-in-astrology.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS

August 21, 2017 at 6:22 PM 0 comments

Counseling Law

Counseling Law

“You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities…” – Devarim 16:18 שפטים ושטרים תתן לך בכל שעריך – דברים טז, יח In every city where Jews live, the Torah instructs us to set up court systems comprising judges who determine the law, and officials who enforce the judges’ rulings. In the prophecies regarding […]

August 20, 2017 at 2:10 AM 0 comments

Love What You Learn – Parashat Shoftim

Love What You Learn – Parashat Shoftim

You may eat from them, but you shall not cut them down. Is the man a tree of the field? (Devarim 20:19) “The man a tree of the field” …If a Torah scholar is upright, you should benefit from him (alone – Tosfos) and not cut off from him. —Talmud, Taanis 7a The Talmud interprets this verse as reference to […]

August 27, 2014 at 3:40 PM 0 comments

How to Avoid the Long Arm of the Law

How to Avoid the Long Arm of the Law

“….You shall set up judges and law enforcement officials for yourself in all your cities….” (Devarim 16:18) Effective governance relies on judges to establish the law, and law enforcement officials to ensure that the law is being upheld by all the citizens. Yet, of the future era of Moshiach, the prophet Yeshayahu (1:26) prophesied, “And I will restore your judges […]

August 25, 2014 at 4:01 PM 0 comments