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ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2 Parsha Insights #2 (5777)- (Parsha Beams, Orot HaRav Kook, etc) ZionTimes Parsha Insights #2
 
Nitzvaim-Vayeilech: The Simple JewNitzvaim-Vayeilech: The Simple Jew
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Rebbe Nachman once remarked that in the generation before Moshiach comes, a simple Jew will be a nuance like the Baal Shem Tov. Was this also a Torah prophecy?   [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: Learning to be LazyKi Seitzei: Learning to be Lazy
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Some folks have an uncanny way of distorting what they learn to make it fit their comfort zone, like the couch potato who learned The Garden of Emuna...   [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: Hashem on Border PatrolRe'eh: Hashem on Border Patrol
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem alone guarantees that our borders won't be breached when the entire army leaves them wide open to go to the Holy Temple on Pesach, Shavuot and Succoth...   [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: It's Your Land, My SonMattos-Masei: It's Your Land, My Son
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem states explicitly and emphatically that He is giving us the Land of Israel to take 'complete hold of it'; What does that mean?   [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: The Left-handed BlessingBalak: The Left-handed Blessing
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Without hesitating a moment, I said to the young, sobbing childless wife, 'May Hashem fill your home with the stench of dirty diapers'...   [Full article]

Chukas: The Root of Anti-SemitismChukas: The Root of Anti-Semitism
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
According to the first principle of emuna, everything comes from Hashem. Why then did Hashem program the nations of the world with so much aversion to Jews?   [Full article]

Korach: The Power StruggleKorach: The Power Struggle
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
There's no one in all of Jewish history who ever became closer to Hashem because someone threw a rock at him; the paths to Torah are peaceful...   [Full article]

Shelach: Recycled SoulsShelach: Recycled Souls
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
To this day, Jews from around the world and even within Israel's borders look at the Land of Israel through material eyes...   [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]

Bamidbar: The Armies of HashemhBamidbar: The Armies of Hashem
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why does the Torah all through the Book of Numbers talk about the Jewish People in military terms? An army that lacks unity and cohesiveness isn't worth much...   [Full article]

Behar-Bechukosai: The Best Employer on EarthBehar-Bechukosai: 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]

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

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: The ScapegoatAcharei Mot-Kedoshim: The Scapegoat
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The Sfas Emes says that if a person accepts a difficulty in life with joy and thanks Hashem for it, that difficulty atones for something 5,000 times worse...   [Full article]

Tazria-Metzora: Spotless GarmentsTazria-Metzora: 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: No Room for LustShemini: No Room for Lust
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
It's all the same template first decide what you want, then build an ideology that accommodates your lust. Yet, that doesn't mean that it's true...   [Full article]

Tzav: The Right SizeTzav: The Right Size
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
In Kabbalistic jargon, one's thoughts, speech and deeds are garments of the soul. Hashem makes sure that the garments are always a perfect fit...   [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 Seeing HeartTetzaveh: The Seeing Heart
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
People often interpret things the wrong way, for although their eyes can see, the heart doesn't properly comprehend what the eyes are seeing...   [Full article]

Terumah: Peanut Butter and BananaTerumah: Peanut Butter and Banana
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Eldad wouldn't take no for an answer. 'So what if I have Down's Syndrome?' he said defiantly to the IDF recruiter. "Why not look at the rest of my record...'   [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: The Point SystemYisro: The Point System
by Rabbi Lazer Brody

Everyone understands why adultery is a sin. But what's the big deal about socializing with, talking to or looking at the opposite sex?   [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: More Than A Good HeartBo: More Than A Good Heart
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Many ask, 'I have a good heart and am a decent human who tries to help those in need whenever I can.' What do I need a bunch of strange rituals for?   [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: Piety with Good SenseShemos: Piety with Good Sense
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Moses teaches us that there's the right time for everything: a time to guard our eyes, yet a time when we must keep our eyes wide open...   [Full article]

Vayechi: Looking Forward to MoshiachVayechi: Looking Forward to Moshiach
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Will Moshiach turn the world upside down? The Rambam says that there will be no change in the order or rhythm of creation. So what will be?   [Full article]

Vayigash: The Eureka MomentVayigash: The Eureka Moment
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
At the height of the dramatic confrontation between Joseph and Judah, when Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, he discovers the principles of emuna...   [Full article]

Mikeitz: Help's on the WayMikeitz: Help's on the Way
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Hashem helps us find our mission on earth when we're straying along the wrong path. This often entails painful tribulations and tests of faith...   [Full article]

Vayeishev: Angel or Animal?Vayeishev: Angel or Animal?
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Some 300 years ago, the King of Morocco threw the holy Rabbi Chaim ben Attar, aka 'Ohr HaChaim Hakadosh,' into a den of hungry lions; they purred like kittens...   [Full article]

Vayishlach: Bout of a LifetimeVayishlach: Bout of a Lifetime
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
If you saw how your soul shines with dazzling brilliance every time you overcome the evil inclination even in the tiniest way, you'd really be happy...   [Full article]

Vayeitzei: Spiritual ProtectionVayeitzei: Spiritual Protection
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Jacob knew that the Land of Israel was the optimal place for Torah and mitzvoth. But what does one do when he or she must be outside of Israel for a good reason?   [Full article]

Toldos: Holy DiggerToldos: Holy Digger
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: Everybody's RunningChayei Sarah: Everybody's Running
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Everybody's running, but the world doesn't have to be a rat race. Machines and bodies have a lot in common when they're idle, they get rusty and corrode...   [Full article]

Vayeira: Don't Fear the ScoffersVayeira: Don't Fear the Scoffers
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
Why only now, after Abraham agreed to sacrifice his son Isaac on the altar, is it apparent that he fears Hashem? Hasn't he proved that already?   [Full article]

Lech Lecha: Pubby HubbyLech Lecha: Pubby Hubby
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The young lady, one of hundreds in the audience, raised her hand; Rabbi, I'm not Jewish, but I want you to bless me to be able to marry a Jewish man...   [Full article]

Noach: The Gallant GrocerNoach: The Gallant Grocer
by Rabbi Lazer Brody
The screaming woke us up in the middle of the night; Shapiro's grocery store down the street our store's fierce competitor - was going up in flames...   [Full article]

Bereishis: Intellect and EmunaBereishis: Intellect and Emuna
by Rabbi Shalom Arush
The more Torah a person learns, the stronger his emuna becomes. And, the stronger a person's emuna, the more his intellect is enhanced with holiness, uplifting him even more...   [Full article]


 


 
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