Yisro

January 31st, 2013

Yisro brought a Korbon to “Elokim”. Usually the name “Hashem” is used since this reflect the midah of Rachamim. Why does the Torah use the name “Elokim” which is midas Hadin in our case? R’ Yonoson Eibshitz answers that a “Ger” yisro was free of all sins. As such he could offer a Korbon even to Hashem’s Midas Hadin. In most cases the Midas Hadin does not allow a kordon to be brought as Kaporah. Only Rachamim does. Yisro was the exception.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



B’Shalach – Shabbos Shira

January 30th, 2013

In the Introduction to the Artscroll Edition of Shir HaShirim one of the themes discussed is the Essence of Shir. What are the qualities that the Ten Shirim of Tanach have in common to qualify as belonging to this very Elite Caliber of Shir?  The answer is Shir as it applies to the Torah has to be the embodiment of three fundamental elements: 1)Thanking Hashem for that which Precedes obvious Yeshua. 2)Thanking Hashem for the Obvious Yeshua 3) Thanking Hashem for the Complete Yeshua.  Shira is the expression of these three ideas,  i.e. Shir as it applies to the Torah has to be an expression of the challenges that precede the obvious Yeshua as well, which leads to the Complete Yeshua – the Yeshua Shleima/Gedola.  The Yeshua Shleima can’t be a reality without the two parts that first must precede.

True Shira isn’t only about obvious Yeshua nor can the Yeshua be Complete without that which  precedes obvious Yeshua.

(As we see learn from Dovid HaMelech: “Odcha Hashem Ki Anafta Bi”… (Tehillim)



B’Shalach

January 30th, 2013

The Jewish people at the foot of the Yam Suf were not permitted to defend themselves. They were obligated to still show Hakoros HaTov to the Egyptian people. Even later certain nations were prohibited from converting to Judaism. Egypt was not included in the list. So great is our need to recognize the good intentions of others.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



B’Shalach

January 30th, 2013

The Medresh notes that the Egyptians intentionally hid Yosef’s coffin  to make it impossible to find. They had a “mesorah” that the Jewish people could not leave Egypt without it. That is why Moshe Rabbenu made the effort to find Yosef’s coffin. Serach bas Asher showed him the place and rest is history. For his effort Moshe was rewarded that Hashem personally occupied Himself with Moshe’s burial.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Bo

January 15th, 2013

The Ramban notes that after Moshe Rabennu gave  Hashem’s message to Paroah he would turn and walk out.  Why did he not wait for Paroah to answer him? Rav Simcha Zissel Brody answers That it was wiser to leave Paroah alone with his advisers to discuss Hashem’s message. If Paroah had any chance of listening it would be without Moshe being there. People often resist outside influences. Paroah was no exception.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Va’era

January 9th, 2013

It is important to note that when Yakov told Rochel and Leah that it was time to return to Eretz Yisroel Rochel must have realized what was at stake. In Israel Yakov kept every aspect of the Torah. As such he could not be married to two sisters. Since Rochel was married second she would be the first to go. Yet she knew that in Lovon’s house she could not raise (and no one could) righteous children. So great was her mesiras nefesh for klal Yisroel. Therefore, she was the mother designated to be buried along the road to daven for the exiled nation in the future. She was willing to give up her life for the sake of her children.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Va’era

January 9th, 2013

Last week Moshe Rabenu told Hashem I cannot be your messenger to Paroh as I cannot speak properly. Hashem responded that He has the power to grant a person the ability to speak. In short – I can quickly remedy and speech issue you have. The Ramban notes that Moshe Rabenu asked Hashem not to fix it. My speech is a constant reminder of the miracles You performed for me as a child. I don’t want to ever forget that. Moshe rabbenu never asked Hashem to correct his imperfection nor did he want it corrected.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Shemos

January 2nd, 2013

The Yalkut Shimoni indicates that Shaul HeMelech warned Yisro’s children to leave the area of battle (during the war against Amalek) as an act of kindness for the kindness he showed Bnei Yisroel. But the kindness was only on behalf of moshe – whom he feed and housed after Moshe saved his daughters.  How is this an act of kindness to the Jewish people as a whole? The Alter from Slobodka answer that we see from here that even an act of kindness shown to one Jew is considered an act of kindness for all of Klal Yisroel.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Shemos

January 2nd, 2013

Three people were advisers to the King. Bilaam whose advice led to the long hard slavery would be killed. Iyov who remained silent when he should have protested was subject to terrible suffering and Yisro who believe he was unworthy to judge the fate of the Jewish people had grandchildren who sat as judges in the Sanhedrin. Each was rewarded by Hashem as they rightly deserved.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks



Vayechi

December 26th, 2012

“Ki B’Apom Horgu Ish” – with their anger they kill people” Shimon and Levi to the people of Shechem. Others note – Ki B’Apom means with the raising of their noses – a person can kill or destroy another human being and his reputation.

Written by: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks