The Book of the Straightforward

מרן הרב אשר וייס

    We find in Tanach a reference to the “Sefer HaYashar – Book of the Straightforward”: וידם השמש וירח עמד עד יקם גוי איביו הלא היא כתובה על ספר הישר. The sun was silent and the moon stood still, until the nation was avenged of its enemies, as is written in the Book of…

The Faithful and the Mighty

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    1. Who is Mighty?   In this week’s parsha we find the mitzva of shemitta, which obligates farmers in Eretz Yisrael to let their fields lie fallow every seventh year, and allow passersby and wild animals alike to eat freely from their produce.  In recognition of the strength of character demanded of the…

Labor of Love

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  In discussing the laws of Jewish slaves and the special degree of compassion that their masters must show them, the Torah concludes with the explanation:   כִּי לִי בְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עֲבָדִים עֲבָדַי הֵם אֲשֶׁר הוֹצֵאתִי אוֹתָם מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם אֲנִי ה' אֱלֹקיכֶם.   "For Bnei Yisrael are My slaves.  They are My slaves, whom I…