Devarim 5778

פרשת דברים Parshas Devarim, Shabbos Chazon Mourning and Redemption We read in this week’s Haftorah [1], “חזון ישעיהו בן אמוץ אשר חזה על יהודה וירושלים – The vision of Yeshayahu (Isaiah) the son of Amotz which he saw pertaining to Yehudah and Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).” Commentators [2] teach us that the word “חזון” is the acronym of …

Matos-Masei 5778

פרשת מטות-מסעי (Matos-Masei) The Lofty Ideals of the Tribes of Gad and Reuven “ומקנה רב היה לבני ראובן ולבני גד וכו – The Tribes of Reuven and Gad had abundant livestock… ויבאו בני גד ובני ראובן ויאמרו אל משה ואל אלעזר הכהן ואל נשיאי העדה לאמר, עטרות דיבן ויעזר ונמרה וחשבון ואלעלה ושבם ונבו ובען, …

Pinchas 5778

Parshas Pinchas Two Methods One Purpose “פנחס בן אלעזר בן אהרן הכהן השיב את חמתי מעל בני ישראל” (Pinchas, son of Elazar, son of Aaron the Kohen, removed My anger from the Children of Israel) [1]. Rashi brings the rabbinic tradition [2], “Because the men of the tribes were ridiculing him, saying, ‘Have you seen this …

Balak 5778

Parshas Balak Separate, But More than Equal After beholding Bnei Yisroel dwelling according to their tribes, Bilam is inspired to bless Bnei Yisroel with the eternal blessing “מה טובו אהליך יעקב משכנותיך ישראל (How good are your tents, Yaakov, your dwelling places, Israel)” [1]. These words from this week’s parsha are at the beginning of …

HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein

Sipurei Tzadikkim HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein Born: 1754 in Neustadt Died: 1 Tammuz, 5583 (1823) in Krakow. HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein was the Rav of Krakow and author of “Maor VaShemesh.” He was sometimes referred to as the “Maor Vashemesh” and also called, “Reb Kalmish.” Reb Kalmish was one of the foremost …

HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein

HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein Born: 1754 in Neustadt Died: 1 Tammuz, 5583 (1823) in Krakow. HaRav HaKadosh Reb Kalonymus Kalman Epstein was the Rav of Krakow and author of “Maor VaShemesh.” He was sometimes referred to as the “Maor Vashemesh” and also called, “Reb Kalmish.” Reb Kalmish was one of the foremost disciples of …

Korach 5778

Parshas Korach The Medrash Tanchuma (Korach 5) asks “וקרח שפקח היה מה ראה לשטות זו – And Korach who was a very clever person, what is it that he saw which led him to this folly?” “עינו הטעתו – his eyes lead him to error, etc.” A man once came into the Skverer Rebbe z”l and asked …

Shelach 5778

Parshas Shelach Humility and Positivity This week’s parsha begins with the narrative of the sin of the meraglim (spies). The first Rashi in the parsha quotes the Medrash [1] that says that the reason why the sin of the meraglim is reported immediately following the story of Miriam at the end of last week’s parsha is …

Rav Issamar Rosenbaum of Nadvorna

Rav Issamar Rosenbaum of Nadvorna 22nd of Sivan Reb Issamar Rosenbaum was born in 1886 in Kretchnif. He passed away in 1973 in Tel Aviv and was interred on הר הזיתים (the mount of olives) in Yerushalaim. He was the son of Rabbi Meir (1852-June 29,1908) of Kretchnif, who in turn was a son of Rabbi Mordechai …