Author: Rav Tzadok

Parshas HaChodesh: The Elusive Nature of Time

Thisweek is the last of the four special readings we do in the shul on Shabbos in the month and a half leading up to the festival of Passover. We call this week “Parshas HaChodesh”. As the Maftir we read the section in Exodus 12:1-20. The general topic of this section is the presentation of the laws of the Paschal Lamb. However before leading in to those laws the Torah says “And this month [Nissan] will be to you the first of all months” (Exodus 12:2). Rashi says that the simple meaning of this verse is that Nissan should...

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Bereishis: The Partnership

Why Two Names for One Book? Thereare two names in our tradition used to refer to the first of the Five Books of the Torah. The more common name is “Sefer Bereishis”, the book about the genesis of the universe. This is the story about the Divine input into creation and how that input generates and shapes the world in which we live. The less common name for this book is “Sefer Hayashar”. This is loosely translated as the book of the straight ones. The Talmud in Avodah Zarah teaches us that the intent of this second name is...

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