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Moshe Bogomilsky

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Rabbi Moshe Bogomilsky has been a pulpit rabbi for over thirty years, and is author of more than ten highly acclaimed books on the Parshiot and holidays.
1. This parshah contains the final words of Moshe that are a combination of berachah — blessing — to each shevet — tribe — and prophecy, in which he blesses each tribe according to its national responsibilities and individual greatness. Rashi says that he...
1. The Shirah which Moshe delivered on the last day of his life together with his faithful student and successor, Yehoshua, contains sharp words of admonishment and also encouraging words about the ultimate salvation that awaits the Jewish people. On the ...
1. Every Shabbat throughout the year we have been reading a different parshah in the Torah, and we have learned about some of the 613 mitzvot — positive and negative commandments. In this week’s parshah we read, “V’atah kitvu lachem et hashirah hazot vela...
1. Parshat Nitzavim is always read in shul on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah. The words “Atem nitzavim hayom” — “You are standing today all of you before Hashem your G‑d” — refers to the day of the great judgment — Rosh Hashanah (see Likkutei Torah and ...
1. In the beginning of Parshat Ki Tavo we learn the details of the mitzvah of Bikkurim. After Eretz Yisrael was conquered and allocated, the farmers were to take the first ripened fruit to the Beit Hamikdash and present it to the Kohen. Included in this r...
1. Customarily, a speaker at a Bar Mitzvah celebration seeks to draw a message to the celebrant from the particular weekly Torah portion. That is not to say that the Biblical portion is necessarily addressing a Bar Mitzvah, but with some homiletic skill t...
1. The word “Torah” stems from the word “hora’ah” — which means “teaching” (see Radak to Psalms 19:8). Torah is the guide for the Jewish people as to how they are to lead and direct their lives. Though superficially, many Torah precepts are irrelevant in ...
Continuing his instructions to the Jewish people about laws they must observe when they enter Eretz Yisrael, in the parshah of Re’eih, Moshe teaches about the law of ma’aseir — tithing. One of the tithes was known as ma’aseir sheini — the second tithe. Af...
1. As a rule the Torah avoids repetition, and when it occurs, it is expounded by the Sages and commentaries. Interestingly, in the parshah of Eikev there is a concept which is repeated three times but with a slight variation. The concept I am referring to...
1. It is customary in every partnership venture to make a contract and establish certain ground rules. With the clock striking tzeit hakochavim — nightfall — you, our Bar Mitzvah, entered into an obligatory agreement to join with all of Klal Yisrael in th...
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