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Parashat Masei - The Journeys of Life

Parashat Masei - The Journeys of Life

הרב שבתי סבתו
כה תמוז התשפ17.07.2020

מִזְמוֹר לְדָוִד ה' רֹעִי לֹא אֶחְסָר. A song of David: the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. "Since G-d is my shepherd," King David says, "I am guaranteed never to be lacking anything." If the Creator of the World is the loyal shepherd for a flock of sheep, is there anything He cannot provide them? Certainly not. And we are each a sheep in G-d's loving care – and truly, it appears, I shall not want. As the Psalm continues,

Parashat Vayigash - All is Foreseen, Permission is Granted

Parashat Vayigash - All is Foreseen, Permission is Granted

הרב שבתי סבתו
ו טבת התשפ03.01.2020

There appears to be a built-in contradiction: If “all is foreseen,” meaning that everything is a product of the Divine plan, then how can it be that “permission is granted” to each person to choose his own path and make his own decisions? What kind of plan is it when no one involved commits to any prior decisions? On the other hand, it is patently clear to us that even though there is Divine Providence, there can be no system of Divine Reward and Punishment if a person cannot choose his own path.

parashat Vayishlach - Rock of Israel, House of Israel

parashat Vayishlach - Rock of Israel, House of Israel

הרב שבתי סבתו
טו כסלו התשפ13.12.2019

The Torah portion of Vayishlach marks the passage of 34 years since Yaakov left his home – 34 years since his exalted dream of the heavenward-bound ladder, when G-d promised never to abandon him and to grant the Holy Land to his descendants

Parashat Vayetze - The Heart's Desire

Parashat Vayetze - The Heart's Desire

הרב שבתי סבתו
ח כסלו התשפ06.12.2019

Why is it that for this-worldly requests, we must be modest, while when it comes to spirituality, we may be bold and even brazen?

Parashat Toldot - The Creator and the Supervisor

Parashat Toldot - The Creator and the Supervisor

הרב שבתי סבתו
א כסלו התשפ29.11.2019

Rav Ashi said: Avraham kept even the Rabbinic law of Eruv Tavshilin, as is written: "[He kept] My Torahs" – both the Written Torah and the Oral Torah. This is certainly most difficult to understand: How can Avraham have observed laws that the Sages would only enact more than 1,500 years later?

Parashat Chaye Sarah - Mission of Destiny

Parashat Chaye Sarah - Mission of Destiny

הרב שבתי סבתו
כד חשון התשפ22.11.2019

The Talmud seems to be saying that the Torah would repeat an entire passage even for just one new item therein. But the message is actually deeper: "When a passage is said once and then repeated, this is a sign that important information has been hidden there" – which can be revealed by comparing the two passages, noting even the small differences, and gleaning the information they reveal. It might not be clear why the Torah chose to impart this knowledge in this manner, but this does not change the fact that the message is there.

Parashat Vayera - From Covenant to Oath

Parashat Vayera - From Covenant to Oath

הרב שבתי סבתו
יז חשון התשפ15.11.2019

That is to say, G-d hurried to test Avraham with the Akedah right after his problematic oath to Avimelekh – and it proved to be the oath's rectification, as the above Medrash taught us. Avraham's oath had prevented Israel from conquering the Canaanites as soon as their many sins rendered them "eligible" for expulsion. Instead, Hashem caused Israel to take the long way around to the Land – leading to the Sin of the Golden Calf and Hashem's declared intention to destroy Israel. When Moshe Rabbeinu prayed for them, he used G-d's oath to counter Avraham's pact with Avimelekh – the very same Divine oath that G-d made in appreciation of Avraham's willingness to sacrifice his beloved son Yitzchak.

Parashat Lekh Lekha - Walking the Land With Avraham

Parashat Lekh Lekha - Walking the Land With Avraham

הרב שבתי סבתו
י חשון התשפ08.11.2019

Though he received so much from Hashem, Avraham never saw these gifts in terms of personal acquisitions, but only as tools for his mission as a soldier in G-d's army. As far as Avraham was concerned, he never received gifts; he was given only missions and objectives. A soldier who receives an order from his commander does not say, "Thank you;" he says, "Yes, sir!"

Parashat Noach - The Land’s Redemption

Parashat Noach - The Land’s Redemption

הרב שבתי סבתו
ג חשון התשפ01.11.2019

Noach “planted” himself in one set location on the earth, as opposed to the wandering Kayin, and planted a grape orchard there. His hope was that the wine he would thus produce would serve as an offering to G-d, just as wine would later serve for libations upon the Holy Temple altar. However, he failed dismally, and his hopes were dashed. Instead of offering the wine upon the altar, he drank of it and became intoxicated, ending up lying naked on the ground in disgrace.

Parashat B'reshit -Sending Off vs. Expelling

Parashat B'reshit -Sending Off vs. Expelling

הרב שבתי סבתו
כו תשרי התשפ25.10.2019

Adam HaRishon, the first man, failed in his mission to fulfill the one and only commandment that G-d gave him: not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge. As a result, he was expelled from the Garden of Eden. The next generation, too, also failed and was similarly punished. Adam's son Kayin was guilty of the grave sin of murder and was banished, as he himself said, "from the face of the earth"

Parashat Vayelekh  - When G-d Turns Away

Parashat Vayelekh - When G-d Turns Away

הרב שבתי סבתו
ה תשרי התשפ04.10.2019

Parashat Nitzavim - The Ladder of Repentance

Parashat Nitzavim - The Ladder of Repentance

הרב שבתי סבתו
כז אלול התשעט27.09.2019