The taste of Shabbat – Tetzave Zachor 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Tetzave Zachor 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon   The coat of the Kohen Hagadol was coloured in sky blue, Techelet, from head to tail. This colour connects the Kohen to heaven and earth. On the fringe of the coat were hung bells and pomegranates, with a defined purpose: …וְנִשְׁמַ֣ע ק֠וֹל֠וֹ בְּבֹא֨וֹ אֶל […]

The taste of Shabbat – Teruma 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Teruma 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon   After describing the ark, its cover and the cherubs, the Torah moves over to the table, on which was placed the showbread every week. There is another table mentioned in connection to the temple: רַבִּּי שמְעוֹן אוֹמֵר, שלֹ שה שֶׁאָׁכְלוּ עַל שֻׁלְחָׁן אֶׁחָׁד וְלֹא […]

The taste of Shabbat – Yitro 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Yitro 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon There is something not clear about Moshe’s two children. It seems that they were not like Aharon’s children, who succeeded him. Aharon’s children were taught Torah by Moshe, and the Torah tells us that this makes Moshe almost their father. On the other hand, Moshe’s […]

The taste of Shabbat – Beshalach 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Beshalach 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon ה֖' יִּלָּ חּם לָּּ כּם וְּאַ תּ֖ם תּֽחֲרִשֽׁוּן. God will fight for you and you will be silent Moshe's demand of silence from Am Yisrael is the same demand made of Moshe himself from Hashem 2ו יֹּ֤א מר הּ֙' אל מֹּ שּׁ֔ה מה תִּצְ עּק אלָּּ֑י […]

The taste of Shabbat – Vayechi 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Vayechi 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon Our parsha begins with two subjects: Yaacov, who is near the end of his life, calls for his son Yosef, and commands him to bury him in Maarat Hamachpela. Afterwards Yosef brings his two sons, Menashe and Ephraim, who Yaacov blesses. First, he defines them as […]

The taste of Shabbat – Miketz 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Miketz 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon When Yosef interprets his dreams, Pharaoh and his court are ecstatic. Let us begin with the question asked by the Abarbanel: "Any simpleton would have interpreted the dreams as Yosef did…Why did his interpretation cause Pharaoh to give Yosef so much honour and power, to […]

The taste of Shabbat – Vayeshev 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Vayeshev 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon Our Parsha begins the last part of Bereshit. From now one there are no excuses, we cannot blame Lavan or Eisav, it's not an evil Pharaoh, now it is all in the family. There is a problem of hatred in the family and the family […]

The taste of Shabbat – Vayishlach 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Vayishlach 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon וַיִּוָּ תֵ֥ר יַַֽעֲ קב לְבַדּ֑וֹ וַ יַֽאָּ בֵ֥ק אִּישׁ֙ עִּמּ֔וֹ עַֹ֖ד עֲלֵ֥וֹת הַשַָּֽחַר. 1 And Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him until the break of dawn. This is how the Torah describes the nocturnal battle between Yaacov and Eisav's guardian angel. […]

The taste of Shabbat – Vayetze 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Vayetze 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon Whilst running from Eisav, Yaacov reaches Har Hamoriah, The Temple Mount and dreams his famous dream: וְהִנֵֵּּ֤ה סֻלָּם֙ מֻצָָּּ֣ב אַַ֔רְצָּה וְראֹשׁ֖וֹ מַגִָּ֣יעַ הַשָּמָָּ֑יְמָּה וְהִנֵּה֙ מַלְאֲכֵָּּ֣י אֱלֹהִַ֔ים עֹלִִ֥ים וְיֹֹֽרְדִׁ֖ים בֹֽוֹ. And there was a ladder based on the ground and its head reaching heaven, with Godly angels ascending […]

The taste of Shabbat – Toledot 5778

The taste of Shabbat – Toledot 5778 Rav Mordechai Elon Our parsha gives us insight into the world of Yitzchak, the unblemished burnt offering (from the akeida) and shows us the differences between each of our forefathers. Just like his father, Yitzchak plans to move to Egypt due to a famine in Canaan, but God […]