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Parshat Bamidbar
- A Holiday of Many Names The Torah lists “the festival of Shavu’ot” as one of the three pilgrimage festivals, along with Pesach and Sukkot (Devarim 16:16 and elsewhere). It draws its name from the fact that it is the culmination of seven weeks that we begin counting on Pesach. Yet this is not the f...

Parshat Bamidbar
- A secure and protected Torani area Parsha and its realization - Parshat Bamidbar - Shavuot - and the war of the 'Iron Swords' 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Dedicated to the IDF soldiers' success, to safeguard them lest any harm come to them, to the healing of all the wounded and the return...

Parshat Bamidbar
- Conclusions from the past to build the future and from destruction to sovereignty. The Parasha in our everyday life – Devarim - Chazon - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Head of the Hesder Yeshiva 'Meir Harel' Modiin One of the main issues that have become more acute in the public discourse in re...

Parshat Bamidbar
- From the desert to Jerusalem The Journey from the Desert - to "the place that Hashem shall choose" The Parasha in the everyday life - Parashat Bamidbar - Jerusalem Day - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 The desert is a 'place' with a challenging climate that does not allow for sustenance and grow...

Parshat Bamidbar
- Mobile and stationary - in the desert, Zion and in Jerusalem The Parasha in our everyday life - Bamidbar - Jerusalem Day - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in There is a strong struggle in the world between those in favor of national identity as an essential...

Parshat Bamidbar
- Not to be taken for granted. Parshah and its realization - Parshah Bamidbar - Jerusalem Day 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Every year we read again from 'Sefer Bamidbar' and remind ourselves of an incredibly significant phase in our history. The 'Desert Period' was an intermediate stage, the...

Parshat Bamidbar
- Parshat Tazriya – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our Parsha opens with the mitzvah of circumcision. "Speak to Bnei Israel and say to them: a woman who gives birth to a male…on the eighth day his foreskin must be circumcised." (Vayikra 12:2) Let us look into the ramifications of Brit Milah (circumcision) r...

Parshat Bamidbar
- Tribal theory Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Bamidbar - Shavuot - 5781 The disaster that occurred in Meron on Lag Ba'Omer, and the solidarity that arose in Israeli society as a whole in the face of disaster, brought back the dialogue about unity in Israeli society, i...


Parshat Naso
- Parshat Naso – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our Parsha there are several subjects in succession: the distancing of impure people from the camp, me'ilah (misuse of consecrated items), sotah (a married woman suspected of adultery), Nazir, and the blessing of the Cohanim (priests). The Sage...

Parshat Naso
- Give Honor to the Torah in the everyday life Parashat Naso- Shavuot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 Chag Shavuot and Shabbat Parashat Naso are close to each other, in their time and subjects; the central place the Torah takes and its importance in the everyday life. This closeness is of specia...

Parshat Naso
- Parshat Naso – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald At the heart of our parsha are several subjects in succession: the distancing of impure people from the camp, me'ilah (misuse of consecrated items), sotah (a married woman suspected of adultery), Nazir, and the blessing of the Cohanim (priests). The Sages offe...

Parshat Naso
- Learning the Torah in practical life - the challenge and its solution Parasha and its implementation – Parashat Naso - Shavuot 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald On the eve of Shavuot “the time of the giving of our Torah” and on the eve of Shabbat 'Naso' we wish to examine how can we meet one of the...

Parshat Naso
- Ma’amad Har Sinai -Standing at Sinai in the desert and what’s between conservatism and Judaism The Parasha in our everyday life - Naso- Shavuot - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in About a week ago, the "Israeli Conservatism Conference" took place in Jerusa...

Parshat Naso
- Politics of birthright privilege identities and the mixed cities Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Naso – 5781 For several years now, there has been a lively discussion about the theory of 'identity politics' in Israeli society. It escalated over the last days, with an...

Parshat Naso
- Progress in the desert and the giving of the Torah Parsha and its fulfillment - Naso - Shavuot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha is a continuation of the Parashat Bamidbar - the census and the continuation of the preparations for the journey to the Land of Israel. The reading of our...

Parshat Naso
- The dilemma of the abducted and precedence Parshah and its realization - Parshat Naso - and the 'Iron Swords' war, 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Dedicated to the IDF soldiers' success, to safeguard them lest any harm come to them, to the healing of all the wounded and the return of the abdu...


Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Complete defeat, victory, and the blowing of the trumpets Parshah and its realization - Parshat Bea’alotcha - and the war of the 'Iron Swords' 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald In loving memory of and לע''נ Channah L. Wortzman – חנה לאה בת משה וורצמן ז'ל - whose yahrtzeit is observed on 17 Siv...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Drawing conclusions "after the war, at six in the evening!"* Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life – Beha’alotcha - 5781 Now, ‘after the war, at six o’clock in the evening’; as the sounds of war have faded (for now) and the dust dissipated, it is time to draw conclusions and...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Leadership during a crisis Parsha and its Implementation – Beha'alotcha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 In our Parasha, the period of crises of the desert begins. The severe crises of the "complainers" and the קברות" התאווה, “graves where the victims of inordinate desire were buried” challenge M...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Parshat Beha'alotecha – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The Mitzvah of the trumpets in the Parsha comprises the key to understanding Jewish national existence, in regular times and during wartime. "And when you go to war in your land against the enemy which distresses you, you will sound the trumpets and...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Raising a level in the discourse between the Holy and the profane The sacred lampstand and the daily life - Parashat Beha’alotcha - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5780 Raising the candles in the Parasha aims to one purpose: בְּהַעֲלֹֽתְךָ֙ אֶת־הַנֵּרֹ֔ת אֶל־מוּל֙ פְּנֵ֣י הַמְּנוֹרָ֔ה יָאִ֖ירוּ שִׁבְ...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- The Menorah and the Israeli unity Parshah and its realization – Parashat Beha'alotcha 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald There is great significance in studying Parshat Beha'alotcha and its Haftarah at a time of severe internal discord, and efforts for unity. Parshat Beha'alotcha opens with the...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Parshat Beha'alotecha – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The mitzvah of the trumpets in the parsha comprises the key to understanding Jewish national existence, in regular times and during wartime. "And when you go to war in your land against the enemy which distresses you, you will sound the trumpets and b...

Parshat Beha'alotecha
- Warning trumpets and Fire Chariots The Parasha in our everyday life – Parashat Ba'alotcha 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in Dedicated to my friends who worked nonstop, nights and days preparing and managing the 'Chariots of Fire' war-exercise. About a we...


Parshat Shlach
- Choice for generations Parsha and its Implementation – Shlach Lecha’ - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 What can be learned from the spies’ sin story? The spies’ sin was undoubtedly a very serious sin. We are faced with its severity by the seriousness of the punishment. An entire generation that...

Parshat Shlach
- Fixing the sin of the spies Parshah and its realization - Parshat Shlach Lecha - and the war of the 'Iron Swords' 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald With prayers for the success of the IDF soldiers so that no harm befalls them, for the healing of all the wounded and the return of the abducted...

Parshat Shlach
- Getting rid of fake news in the public sphere. Parshah and its realization – Parashat Shlach 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Each person uses information to consolidate an approach and make decisions. Since the dawn of mankind, the dissemination of information has been used to influence the o...

Parshat Shlach
- Parshat Shlach Lecha Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Shelach Lecha details the Sin of the Spies, one of the tragedies that continue to accompany us until this very day. Our sages sought to identify the causes of the Sin of the Spies, as the spies were princes of Israel. The Zohar explains that t...

Parshat Shlach
- The earth is full of 'Position' Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life – Shlach Lecha - 5781 Do you occasionally listen to or watch the speakers in the media, and after they have given their name and the topic at hand, you already know how to recite almost verbatim what they w...

Parshat Shlach
- For the “Matzav HaRuach” weekly publication for Shabbat Shelach Lecha Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Parshat Shelach Lecha details the Sin of the Spies, one of the tragedies that continue to accompany us until this very day. Our sages sought to identify the causes of the Sin of the Spies, as the spie...

Parshat Shlach
- The Tzitzit between the Glamorous life and the Book of Zohar The Parasha in our everyday life – Shlach Lecha - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in When Rabbi Uri Zohar Z''L passed away, I wanted to explain to the young Yeshiva students, the vast majority of...

Parshat Shlach
- The vision of the Land of Israel and the complexity sufferings For Parashat Shlach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 The Sin of the Spies is one of the traumatic events that has dramatically affected the history of the Jewish people. At the time, it delayed an entire generation at the entrance to E...


Parshat Korach
- Between authority and equality The Parasha in our everyday life – Korach - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in One of the issues in public discourse in the postmodern age is the tension between 'authority' and 'equality'. How to reconcile the need for author...

Parshat Korach
- Change not at any cost Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Korach - 5781 No system is perfect. In any system, good as it may be, there are healthy and successful components and there are also flaws. In a fixated system, its defects can lead to destruction. Therefore, ever...

Parshat Korach
- Humility and not a Personality Ritual Parsha and its Implementation - Korach - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5779 In the midst of the crisis with Dathan and Abiram it is said: "וַיָּ֣קָם מֹשֶׁ֔ה וַיֵּ֖לֶךְ אֶל־דָּתָ֣ן וַאֲבִירָ֑ם וַיֵּלְכ֥וּ אַחֲרָ֖יו זִקְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ Moses rose and went to D...

Parshat Korach
- Parshat Korach – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Social Strategy – Privileged Classes or Spheres of Holiness Our parsha is named after Korach and his controversy. "And Korach took…and they stood up before Moshe, with two hundred and fifty men from Bnei Israel, leaders of the people, representatives of th...

Parshat Korach
- Rebellion and its price Parasha and its realization – Parashat Korach 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Chaim Shenvald Human society, by its very nature, is in need of leadership, to lead and care of its conditions. For this purpose, society appoints people to lead and gives them power, control, and authorit...

Parshat Korach
- Rebellion and public discord as a tool to achieve control The Parasha and its realization – Parashat Korach - and the war of the 'Iron Swords' 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Dedicated to the IDF soldiers' success, to safeguard them lest any harm come to them, to the healing of all the wounde...

Parshat Korach
- Parshat Korach – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha is named after Korach and his controversy. "And Korach took…and they stood up before Moshe, with two hundred and fifty men from Bnei Israel, leaders of the people, representatives of the community and men of renown. And they gathered on Moshe and...

Parshat Korach
- The uncontrollable dynamics of the controversy fire The Parasha in the everyday Life - Parashat Korah - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5780 On Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu's 10th year Yortzait. The Korah dispute, after which our Parasha is named, is a historical model for a dispute 'not for the sake of H...


Parshat Chukat
- Learn about something from the nothing היש מהאין The Parasha in the everyday life - Parashat Chukat - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 The sin of 'Waters of Meribah' (meaning that the Israelites quarrelled with Hashem) occurred in the year 40 near the entrance to the Land of Israel and the transitio...

Parshat Chukat
- Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The crisis of "Mei Merivah" (the waters of conflict) in our parsha joins a series of crises around the essential need for water, especially during Israel's journey in the desert. We need to take a close look at the Torah's special outlook on the need for wat...

Parshat Chukat
- Not everything is rational On rationality, balance and criticism Parsha and its Implementation - Chukat - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The Mitzva of the Red heifer is the best way to point at the limits of the ability of human rationality. "I have tried all with wisdom… Shlomo said: did not...

Parshat Chukat
- Parshat Chukat – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald The crisis of "Mei Merivah" (the waters of conflict) in our parsha joins a series of crises around the essential need for water, especially during Israel's journey in the desert. We need to take a close look at the Torah's special outlook on the need for wat...

Parshat Chukat
- Solving the Mei Meribah crisis - by talking or smiting Parshah and its realization - for Parshah Chukat, 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald How do you deal with a serious national crisis? The governmental system tends to act to solve it the 'easy' way, by using the governmental tools at its disp...

Parshat Chukat
- Statute for Israel The Parasha in our everyday life - Chukat - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in Some believe, in a kind of religious belief, that a "constitution" would solve all the ailments of the Israeli society. Although there have been repeated attem...

Parshat Chukat
- The singing of the well and the mission Parsha and its implementation - Parashat Chukat - and the war of the 'Iron Swords' 5784 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald In memory of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, of righteous memory marking 30 years since his passing on the 3rd of...

Parshat Chukat
- Things seen from there are clearly seen from here Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Chukat - 5781 Last week, "Jerusalem's Annual Flag Parade'', was postponed due to "security threats" - Hamas' threats to open fire and riots. This week it is supposed to take place under...


Parshat Balak
- 'Second wave' or internalizing the change The Parasha in the daily Life – Parashat Balak - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald- 5780 וַיַּ֥רְא בָּלָ֖ק בֶּן־צִפּ֑וֹר אֵ֛ת כָּל־אֲשֶׁר־עָשָׂ֥ה יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לָֽאֱמֹרִֽי׃וַיָּ֨גָר מוֹאָ֜ב מִפְּנֵ֥י הָעָ֛ם מְאֹ֖ד כִּ֣י רַב־ה֑וּא וַיָּ֣קָץ מוֹאָ֔ב מִפְּנֵ֖י בְּנֵ֥י י...

Parshat Balak
- Family unit and modesty as an ideal Parsha and its Implementation - Balak - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The “Blessings” of Balaam in our Parasha are a fascinating source to trace his original intentions: "From the blessing of that wicked person, Balaam, you can ascertain what was in his heart"...

Parshat Balak
- Leadership, Loyalty and Reliability Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Balak - 5781 Recently we have been witnessing a rewrite of the public scale of values. Among other things, politicians are given a public 'exemption' from telling the truth. A claim against a politici...

Parshat Balak
- Parshat Balak Our Parsha tells us about an exceptional strategic event in history. Am Israel in its historic journey comes near Moav. The king of Moav feels threatened and fears that his country will suffer the same fate as the Emorites who attacked Israel and were conquered themselves. After an...

Parshat Balak
- The discourse on modesty The Parasha in our everyday life - Balak - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in The public discourse on the principles of modesty and the relationship "between him and her" in Judaism, does not fall off the public and media agenda. It...

Parshat Balak
- The role of the Beit Midrash in our daily challenges The Parasha and its implementation – Parashat Balak 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald The story of the Jewish nation's existence is full of challenges. In the 3335 years that have passed since it appeared on the stage of history. In the exodu...

Parshat Balak
- Parshat Balak – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha tells us about an exceptional strategic event in history. Am Israel in its historic journey comes near Moav. The king of Moav feels threatened and fears that his country will suffer the same fate as the Emorites who attacked Israel and were conquer...


Parshat Pinchas
- Frustration of Iran's nuclear project and Midian’s war "If someone is coming to kill you, rise against him and kill him first" (Habah l'hargecha hashkem l'hargo) Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – The Parasha in our everyday life - Pinchas – 5781 In the last two decades, one of the Israeli society’s exi...

Parshat Pinchas
- Intermarriage – The Strategic Threat to our Demographic Balance Parshat Pinchas – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald Our parsha picks up where the previous parsha left off. Zimri Ben Salu, the chief of a clan of the tribe of Shimon, stands at the head of those who want to allow Jews to intermarry. He empl...

Parshat Pinchas
- Short-term memory Parsha and its Implementation - Pinchas - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 The Stories of Balak and Bil'am and the sin with the daughters of Moav accompany us in reading the Parashot Pinchas and Matot as well. In reading the Torah every year, we preserve our collective memory of B...

Parshat Pinchas
- Responsibility, Solidarity and Consideration Pinchas, Corona virus and Bein HaMetzarim (The three-week period between Shiva Asar B'Tammuz and Tisha B'Av). The Parasha in the everyday Life - Parashat Pinchas – Bein HaMetzarim - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald – 5780 The people of Israel cherish the me...

Parshat Pinchas
- Tractate Kiddushin Ke'Dat Moshe Ve'Israel (According to the Torah of Moshe Rabbeinu and of the nation of Israel) The Parasha in our everyday life - Pinchas - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in The family is the 'basic molecule' of the society and the nation...

Parshat Pinchas
- We want inner peace now Parasha and its implementation - Parshat Pinchas 5783 Rabbi Eliezer Haim Shenvald Parshat Pinchas will be read two days after the 17th of Tammuz. The beginning of three weeks of mourning from the 17th of Tammuz to the 9th of Av, days of soul-searching and mourning, rest...


Parshat Matot
- Parshat Mtot – Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald These days we are commemorating a year after Operation "Tzuk Eitan" (Protestive Edge) and there is still a public debate about the outcome of the war. Some say we won and others say that even if we didn't lose, we didn't win either. In this context, let us rec...

Parshat Matot
- The right to be respected and the duty to respect The Parasha in our everyday life – Parashat Matot 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Rosh Yeshivat Hesder 'Meir Harel' Modi'in Dedicated in memory of a Dear Man, our dearest Friend, Supporter of our Yeshiva, loved Am Israel and Eretz Israel Rab...

Parshat Matot
- The sanctity of a leader's word Parsha and its Implementation - Matot - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Our Parasha begins with the laws of vows and oaths and addresses the chiefs of staff: וַיְדַבֵּ֤ר מֹשֶׁה֙ אֶל־רָאשֵׁ֣י הַמַּטּ֔וֹת לִבְנֵ֥י יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל לֵאמֹ֑ר זֶ֣ה הַדָּבָ֔ר אֲשֶׁ֖ר צִוָּ֥ה ה...


Parshat Masei
- Map of existence challenges since always and forever Parsha and its realization - Masei - Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - 5779 Studying Parashat Masei in depth, throughout and across is a 'must' course for anyone who purports to place himself in a political leadership position in the present and future...

Parshat Masei
- Reconciliation - in the journey of the camps in the desert Proceed towards the objective, hand in hand together! The Parasha in our everyday life - Masei - 5782 Rabbi Eliezer Shenvald - Head of the Hesder Yeshiva 'Meir Harel' Modiin These days are election days and primaries, and we are retu...

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