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Matos/Masei 1999 - The Lighter Side of Chumrahs

The Three Weeks always carries us from Matos/Masei into Devarim. Rabbi Paltiel explores the connection between beginning Sefer Devarim (Deuteronomy) and the practice of taking on chumrahs (stringencies) in the observance of Halacha (Jewish Law). How do chumrahs bring more light into Jewish life? Plus a discussion of the war with Midyan.

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Matos/Masei 2007 - Define, Recognize, and Stop Senseless Hatred

In this moving class, Rabbi Paltiel focuses on the theme of the famous ma'amar Heichaltzu (stopping senseless hatred and developing ahavas yisroel - loving a fellow Jew) written by the fifth Lubavitcher Rebbe (Rabbi Sholom Dov Ber Schneersohn). Before the Chassidus, the foundation of the topic is laid out drawing on Rashi, Alshich, and Arbarbanel. Notes: 1. Abeshtir - A name for Hashem (G-d) in Yiddish. 2. Havayah - The name Havayah is the most sacred of all of God's Names representing the absolute transcendence of Divine Essence, the existential paradox of God's omnipresence and omnipotence remaining constant before and after Creation, and God's ultimate will in creation, to reveal to the world His very Essence. (source: ) 3. Klippa - mystically refers to something negative; 4. Chazir - Pig; 5. Galus - Exile Women's and Girl's Beis Midrash and Seminary for Higher Learning Parsha Series Live class at 9PM Sunday. Call the numbers below for location (private residence). Many thanks to the Director, Rebbetzin Ariella Benhiyoun, for making these classes available. For information on all daily learning programs at the Beis Midrash and Seminary please call 718-756-3007 or 718-756-3010

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Matos/Masei 2007 - Halachos of Nedarim

This installment in the First Pasuk Series examines the question of why the halachos of nedarim (laws of vows) are presented so late in the Chumash. Sources include Rashi, Eben Ezra, Ramban, Rashbam, Tur, Abarbanel, Alshich, and a 4 excerpts from the Parshas Masei sections of the Hemshech Te'Rav.


31-02. Haichaltzu. (5767).

The war with Midian and its inner meaning.

31-26. The Malkoach. (5770).

Hashem not only instructs how to collect and to divide the spoils, but teaches how much to tax, and innumerates the actual taxing. Why?!

32-01. Umikne Rav (5769).

Reuvein and Gad (and half Menashe) stay east of the Jordan River. Moshe initially is upset, but later acquiesces. These tribes were exiled first. What’s the depth of this story?