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ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2 Parsha Insights (5776) - (Parsha Beams, Orot HaRav Kook, etc) ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2
 
Ha'azinu: The Simple ButcherHa'azinu: The Simple Butcher
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem's justice is the epitome of truth and fairness; the things we do for or against other people create spiritual forces that come right back at us...   [Full article]

Vayeilech: Every Precious MomentVayeilech: Every Precious Moment
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What Moses accomplished on the very last day of his life, most people don't accomplish in a lifetime. What's the secret of such time efficiency?   [Full article]

Nitzvaim: Astrology and AtonementNitzvaim: Astrology and Atonement
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What is the true power of astrologists and clairvoyants? Can they really see what's in store for a person? Can a person change his or her luck?   [Full article]

Ki Savo: A Place of Milk and HoneyKi Savo: A Place of Milk and Honey
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Shimon Bar Yochai says in the holy Zohar that the Land of Israel resembles the Upper Spiritual Realm; that's why Hashem brought His Chosen People there...   [Full article]

Ki Seitzei: Condo ChaosKi Seitzei: Condo Chaos
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Don't think that personal holiness or modesty is for prudes. They're simply basic requirements for keeping Hashem in our midst; for when Hashem is with us...   [Full article]

Shoftim: Your Own LaneShoftim: Your Own Lane
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Every time the lady swerved out of her lane, she was skirting with disaster, liable to collide head-on with a car coming from the opposite direction...   [Full article]

Re'eh: Toxic TextingRe'eh: Toxic Texting
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Do we look like the Ukrainian peasant's old potato sack that had a hole in it? Every time he picked a potato and put it in the sack, another one fell out...   [Full article]

Eikev: The Right RecipeEikev: The Right Recipe
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
When a person depends on his own logic rather than heeding the Torah's proven formula of success, he can't expect to see lasting success...   [Full article]

Va'eschanan: Behind Enemy LinesVa'eschanan: Behind Enemy Lines
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
why did Hashem disperse the Jewish People among the nations and subject us to discrimination and persecution? Are these the "Chosen People" that He loves?   [Full article]

Devarim: The Candy ManDevarim: The Candy Man
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
In Moses's bit of stiff scolding, he is showing his overflowing love for the Jewish People. He's telling us that we don't know the secret of the 'Candy Man'...   [Full article]

Mattos-Masei: Uplifting Our PastMattos-Masei: Uplifting Our Past
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A person who has a problem with physical lust, thereby contaminating his soul, can purify himself by rechanneling that same lust in all its power and magnitude...   [Full article]

Pinchas: Presidential Self-ControlPinchas: Presidential Self-Control
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The scandals of immoral leaders continue. How can a person rule over an entire population when he can't even rule over his own bodily urges?   [Full article]

Balak: Learning from the DonkeyBalak: Learning from the Donkey
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
If such a lackluster creature can expose the truth, despite beatings and disparagement, then imagine what our capability of doing so is...   [Full article]

Chukas: Water from the RockChukas: Water from the Rock
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why was Hashem upset with Moses for hitting the rock instead of speaking to it? Wasn't eliciting water from the rock enough of a sanctification of Hashem's Name?   [Full article]

Korach: The Killer TongueKorach: The Killer Tongue
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Those who fan the fires of dissension should be forewarned that in doing so, they are putting the lives of all their family members at risk...   [Full article]

Shelach: Our Emuna vs. Their EmunaShelach: Our Emuna vs. Their Emuna
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Unfortunately, when a person lacks emuna, he doesn't understand what's happening in the Land of Israel. Are we still committing the sin of the spies today?   [Full article]

Beha'aloscha: Mighty but HumbleBeha'aloscha: Mighty but Humble
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Torah goes out of its way to emphasize that Moses was a human, born from a woman's womb. Don't we all know that Moses was a man?   [Full article]

Nasso: Mitzvah ObjectsNasso: Mitzvah Objects
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Anyone can become a 'mitzvah object', the vehicle for performing a mitzvah. One mitzvah leads to many more mitzvoth in a beautiful upward spiral...   [Full article]

Bamidbar: The Mimic's MisfortuneBamidbar: The Mimic's Misfortune
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Elimelch of Lizhensk warns that when it comes to tzaddikim, we do what they tell us, but we don't mimic them, for we don't know what we're seeing...   [Full article]

Bechukosai: The Best Employer on EarthBechukosai: The Best Employer on Earth
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Here is a foolproof method to get your business or your personal finances out of slump mode and on the road to unfathomable success...   [Full article]

Behar: The Two-Sided ContractBehar: The Two-Sided Contract
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Israeli Government has been searching everywhere for some type of solution to enable its citizens to dwell in peace and security, but nothing seems to work...   [Full article]

Emor: The Hidden PraiseEmor: The Hidden Praise
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Torah talks straight, never whitewashing our people's history. But, the Torah's condemnation of our ancestors is actually our greatest praise...   [Full article]

Kedoshim: The Rabbi and the CatKedoshim: The Rabbi and the Cat
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem knows that we can't begin to know what other people are going through unless we're in their shoes, and their shoes never fit us properly...   [Full article]

Acharei Mot: The Divine CompanionAcharei Mot: The Divine Companion
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
On his last Yom Kippur, Shimon Hatzaddik came out of the Holy of Holies with a melancholy look on his face, totally not like his usual beaming face...   [Full article]

Metzora: The Blessing of Family PurityMetzora: The Blessing of Family Purity
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
why does Judaism use the term, 'Family Purity'? It's because the entire sanctity of the marriage and the future of the offspring depend on this important mitzvah...   [Full article]

Tazria: Spotless GarmentsTazria: Spotless Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Is there still such a thing as leprous afflictions of garments today? What causes these afflictions and how does it affect our daily lives?   [Full article]

Shemini: The ImpostorShemini: The Impostor
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The swine's administering angel had a terrible complaint in the Heavenly Court: why do his clients receive such bad press? Why are they discriminated against?   [Full article]

Tzav: Part of the GroupTzav: Part of the Group
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Words cannot describe the importance of learning and praying with the public, for King Solomon said, 'A multitude of people is a king's glory'...   [Full article]

Vayikra: Happy with his PortionVayikra: Happy with his Portion
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Anyone who cheats, defrauds, swindles or does any other type of dishonest dealings is not only transgressing Torah but making a heretical statement as well...   [Full article]

Pekudei: The Daily InventoryPekudei: The Daily Inventory
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The English expression of self-assessment is 'taking stock in oneself'. Where does this come from? The neighborhood grocer checks his stock every day...   [Full article]

Vayakhel: Together, But SeparateVayakhel: Together, But Separate
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
There's much talk about gender separation both in the home and in the public domain. Is it necessary? Is it anything more than a needless stringency?   [Full article]

Ki Sisa: Visibility UnlimitedKi Sisa: Visibility Unlimited
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The sceptics who doubt our spiritual leaders are correct in one aspect the considerations that go into their decisions aren't at all based on logic...   [Full article]

Tetzaveh: The Royal GarmentsTetzaveh: The Royal Garments
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Peer and social pressure are like a fiery furnace; how did Hanania, Mishael and Azaria react when they were sentenced to burn in the fiery furnace?   [Full article]

Terumah: The Copper CulpritTerumah: The Copper Culprit
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why do people gab during synagogue services? Do they realize the severity of talking and texting in the synagogue? It could be the root of their troubles...   [Full article]

Mishpatim: No Time for QuestionsMishpatim: No Time for Questions
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

King Solomon teaches that the war against the evil inclination is more challenging than any confrontation in the battlefield...   [Full article]

Yisro: Emuna and GeulaYisro: Emuna and Geula
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why is emuna such a cogent mitzva, capable of invoking outright miracles and salvations that defy nature, logic and even human imagination?   [Full article]

Beshalach: The Look of LoveBeshalach: The Look of Love
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
A young man came to me complaining bitterly that his wife didn't love him or respect him. He asked my advice as to what he should do...   [Full article]

Bo: On the Edge of OblivionBo: On the Edge of Oblivion
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem created the world with a perfect balance between good and evil to ensure the free choice of each individual; so, why did He strip Pharaoh of his free choice?   [Full article]

Va'eira: Whether They Like it or NotVa'eira: Whether They Like it or Not
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
How can Rebbe Nachman say that there's no bad in the world? Didn't he know about Pharaoh and all the other tyrants throughout history?   [Full article]

Shemos: Where the Baal Teshuva StandsShemos: Where the Baal Teshuva Stands
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Baal Teshuva's don't have an easy life. Their soul corrections are frequently excruciating, but that is Hashem lovingly purifying them for their ultimate benefit...   [Full article]

Vayechi: The Simplicity of a DonkeyVayechi: The Simplicity of a Donkey
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why would our forefather Jacob bless one of his sons in such a seemingly uncomplimentary manner? What's so special about a donkey?   [Full article]

Vayigash: Shepherds by ChoiceVayigash: Shepherds by Choice
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Jacob and his sons were relatively no less rich than the cattle magnates of today; why did they tend flocks all day long and choose to be shepherds?   [Full article]

Mikeitz: Protecting the MindMikeitz: Protecting the Mind
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why must Pharaoh summon both his wise men and his sorcerers? Why weren't they capable of solving Pharaoh's dream? What did Joseph have that they didn't?   [Full article]

Vayeishev: Ascent from the DepthsVayeishev: Ascent from the Depths
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Joseph's incarceration teaches us an important lesson that is capable of strengthening our emuna and trust even in the most difficult circumstances...   [Full article]

Vayishlach: Mitzva MunitionsVayishlach: Mitzva Munitions
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

In cleverly veiled but polite terms, Jacob tells Esau that if he wants a fight, he'll get much more than he bargained for...   [Full article]

Vayeitzei: Material Needs - Ask or Not?Vayeitzei: Material Needs - Ask or Not?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Gemara compares requests for material needs to barking dogs in purgatory. So what do we do? Do we ask Hashem for our material needs or don't we?   [Full article]

Toldos: Dirty Hands, Divine ServiceToldos: Dirty Hands, Divine Service
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does the Torah stress that Isaac himself did the back-breaking manual labor of digging wells? Is that so complimentary? Where were all his servants?   [Full article]

Chayei Sarah: Divine ProtectionChayei Sarah: Divine Protection
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Eliezer had no idea that Betuel tried to poison him, for Hashem foiled Betuel's scheme. To this day, we have no idea what Hashem is doing for us...   [Full article]

Vayeira: Why the Laughter?Vayeira: Why the Laughter?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
What would you do if a desert nomad walked into your living room with his camels and tells you that he's come to take you to the coronation of Moshiach? Would you laugh?   [Full article]

Lech Lecha: The Chain and the CraneLech Lecha: The Chain and the Crane
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why do we consider Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the patriarchs of the Jewish People? Why not Shem and Ever? They're the ones who taught Torah to Abraham...   [Full article]

Noach: Challenges of Each GenerationNoach: Challenges of Each Generation
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem in His amazing Divine providence decided to plant each individual in each respective generation. Don't say, 'We're not good enough'; we too have power...   [Full article]

Bereishis: The Carriage MasterBereishis: The Carriage Master
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The way of the snake is to take the forbidden and make it look glamorous, thereby enticing people to sin; the same snake is then the prosecutor...   [Full article]


 


 
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