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Moshe Bogomilsky

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1. In the final five weeks before Moshe’s physical parting with his beloved people, he taught them the fifth book of Torah — Sefer Devarim. In this week’s portion, which is the first portion of sefer, Moshe chastised the Jewish people for some of the sins...
1. The opening pasuk of Parshat Masei says “Eileh masei B’nei Yisrael asher yatzu mei’eretz Mitzrayim letzivotam” — “These are the journeys of the Children of Israel who went forth from the land of Egypt according to their legions.” Rabbi Shneur Zalman of...
1. The Midianites enticed the Jewish people to commit sins of idolatry and sexual immorality, causing the death of 24,000 Jews in a plague. As a result Hashem commanded Moshe “Tzaro’r et Hamidyanin” — “Harass the Midianites” — “vehikitem otom” — “and smit...
1. At the end of last week’s parshah we read about the failed prophet Bilaam whose attempts to curse the Jewish people were unsuccessful. Nevertheless, his hatred for the Jews provoked him to advise Balak to entice Jewish men to commit acts of immorality ...
One of the notorious character traits of Bilaam was his arrogance (see Avot 5:19). Throughout this week’s parshah his self-aggrandizement is often repeated. Though one may have expected that a person of his caliber who was imbued with prophetic powers sho...
1. An interesting observation about Parshat, Balak and the preceding two, Chukat and Korach, is that they all have the letter kuf (ק) in the name. Korach in the beginning (קרח). Chukat in the middle (חקת) and Balak at the end (בלק). The significance of th...
1. The Torah consists of 613 mitzvot — positive and negative commandments. Primarily they are divided into three categories: eidut — Testimonial laws — such as Shabbat, tefillin and circumcision, chukim — statutes (decrees) — laws that are not understanda...
1. In this week’s parshah we read about the infamous individual named Korach who led a rebellion in an attempt to overthrow Moshe and Aaron as leaders of the nation. On one hand, he was upset that Moshe appointed their cousin, Elitzafon, as the Nassi — he...
1. The story of Moshe sending a group of spies to explore the land of Canaan — Eretz Yisrael — is related twice in the Torah. All the details take up more than one half of Parshat Shelach, and it is again referred to briefly in the beginning of Chumash De...
1. Remember, a Chassid and a yirei Shamayim — G‑d fearing Jew — is something one needs to be 24/7 — all the days of his life. May you be blessed to carry these titles valiantly. The parshah begins with some instructions to be conveyed to Aharon regarding ...
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