Beshalach
Vort On Parshas Beshalach PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by Menachem Neistat   

Adapted from a shuir given by Rabbi Yitzchock Yarmush

פסוק- כ פרק- טו "ותקח מרים הנביאה אחות אהרן את התף בידה ותצאן כל הנשים אחריה בתפים ובמחלת" פסוק- כא פרק- טו "ותען להם מרים שירו לה’ כי גאה גאה סוס ורכבו רמה בים"

It says in the פסוק that Miriam took the התף (a תף is a musical instrument) so which תף did Miriam take?

Rashi says that Miriam was a נביאה (because we see she told her parents- amram and yocheved to remarry) and every נביא has a musical instrument to help them say נבואה (because a נבואה must be said in Simcha – and so the instrument helped her be besimcha, so she can say the נבואה). Now we see in the שירה that Miriam composed it says “"כי גאה גאה סוס ורכבו רמה בים “that Hashem hurled horse and its rider into the sea” so why was this the point she chose to sing about- there were many other נסים that she could’ve chosen to sing about so why did she chose to sing about the מצרים and their horses? The מדרש says that the שר של ים asked Hashem- why should I save the Jews and drown the מצרים they are both similar- these are עובד עבודה זרה and these are עובד עבודה זרה? 

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LOVE YOUR STUDENT PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by yehuda katz   

BESHOLOACH " And Mosha said to Joshua, "Choose for us men, and go out to fight with Amalek......(17:9)

Rashi comments that the Rabbis learn out that since Mosha used the words "for us", Mosha compared Joshua to himself. Hence, "let the honor of your student be dear to you as yourself (also refer to Pirkei Avot 4:12).......

A question can be asked, why is it so important for a teacher to honor his student as himself? In other words, what insight is Mosha teaching us about the "teacher-student relationship" that would warrent a teacher to honor his students? Remember, Mosha being the quintessential teacher........!!!! 

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run away from gashmius PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by benyamin mehdizadeh   

The mechilta brings that when klal israel was collecting money from the mitzrim moshe rabenu was taking care of the aztmos yosef (bones of Yosef). The mepharshim ask 'borrowing money from the mitzrom is also a mitzva from hashem so why didn't moshe go and be mekaim it why is he looking for mitzvos to do?'

So I want to say a chidush that moshe had two mitzovs that had to be done one gashmis and one ruchni (atzmos yosef) even though borrowing money was a mitzva still there was an element of gashmius, therefore moshe preferred to look for a mitzva that was a more ruchnius dik mittzva and run away from any gashmis. 

 
Does One Need To Honor A Student? PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by Yehuda Katz   

BESHALOCH

And Mosha said to Joshua, "Choose for us men, and go out to fight with Amalek......(17:9)

Rashi comments that the Rabbis learn out that since Mosha used the words "for us", Mosha compared Joshua to himself. Hence, "let the honor of your student be dear to you as yourself (also refer to Pirkei Avot 4:12)....... A question can be asked, why is it so important for a teacher to honor his student as himself? In other words, what insight is Mosha teaching us about the "teacher-student relationship" that would warrent a teacher to honor his students? Remember, Mosha being the quintessential teacher........!!!!

Perhaps the answer is as follows: When a student learns from a teacher, a student primarily absorbs the teachers spirit into him or herself. Even if the student were to write volumes and volumes of Torah knowledge, a carefull study of these volumes would reveal the teachers definite influence on the student. The student in essence becomes the teachers voice, even after the teacher has departed from this world. The spirit and voice of the teacher lives on, namely through his students. Mosha understood this, and thus bestowed honor on Joshua in graditude for such a kindness. Perhaps this is the meaning behind the first Mishnah in Pirkei Avot when it states, "Mosha received the Torah from Sinai

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פרשת בשלח תשעא - Women's חלק in learning תורה PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by Simi Hibbert   
פרשת בשלח - תשע"א
Although Miriam sang the whole שירה with the women, the torah only records that they sang one פסוק: "...שירו לה' כי גאה גאה סוס ורכבו רמה בים". Why is this פסוק particularly relevant to the women that it is used as the example for the שירה they sang?
Explains ר' צבי הירש פרבר as follows. מרים saw through רוח הקודש that the whole תכלית of יציאת מצרים was for קבלת התורה, and this made the women feel very disappointed because they have no חיוב in תלמוד תורה.
However, the horse and rider (סוס ורכבו) in this פסוק comes to teach the women a fundamental יסוד. What did the horse do wrong that it deserved to drown?
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Striving Through Song PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by J Jacobs   
The Midrash records 10 songs spanning from the Shir sung upon leaving Mizrayim through to the Shiur Chadash song that will soon be sung by Klal Yisroel with Moshiach and the ultimate redemption. Songs in Torah are sung for 2 reasons alone, to give praise and thanks and as a method of striving towards something.

An ulternative opinion suggests that the 1st song was actually shir leyom haShabbos sung by Adam just before Shabbos as part of Adam’s teshuva for having sinned. The Midrash Tehillim 18 states that when someone sees a miracle and sings out in praise to HaShem that all their sins are forgiven.

The Sharreth Cohen on this week’s Parsah informs us that when Miriam led the women
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FIVE! PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by Rafi Jager   
In this week's Parsha, we can learn a fascinating interpretation from ONE single word. The Torah states, ". . .And the Jews went up from the land of Egypt chamushim" (Exodus 13:18). Rashi, explains that the word "chamushim" means that the Jews left Egypt armed.
Rashi continues and mentions a possible alternate explanation: The Jews left "mechamushim" meaning one out of every five Jews were taken out of Egypt, and the other four-fifths died during the plague of Choshech.
Both of these explanations are wonderful, but there is a problem. Usually, when Rashi brings a second explanation, the additional one is in some way related to the first explanation. However, in this case, the two ideas seem to be totally unrelated. If we take a look at the Aramaic translation/commentary of Yonatan ben Uziel
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Because they were bitter, everything they tasted was bitter PDF Print E-mail
Torah Portion
Written by J Jacobs   
A chassid once complained to his Rebbe that he was struggling financially and wanted advice on how accept his difficulties. The Rebbe sent him to see R’Zushe. R’Zushe was known as being the poorest man in town, his house was filled with illness and he was penniless and suffered even by the most serve criteria. The chassid told R’Zushe that the Rebbe had sent him to understand how to accept suffering with love. Imagine the chassid’s suprise when R’Zushe responded that he couldn’t understand why the Rebbe sent him to see him. ‘Pain? The Rebbe must have meant to send you to someone else.’
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