Rabbi Mordechai Becher explains that the basic interpersonal laws of society which are mentioned in this week's parsha are the ultimate basis of Judaism. It isn't the putting on tefillin, keeping Shabbos or keeping Kosher, but instead having honest, fair [...]
This week’s parsha, Mishpatim, follows the description of the revelation at Mt. Sinai, the giving of the Torah, and the listing of the famous, Ten Statements (or, colloquially, Commandments). In our Torah reading there is an extensive focus on civil [...]
This week’s Torah portion, Yitro, relates the events of the revelation on Mt. Sinai, at which G-d revealed and transmitted the Torah to the Jewish people. Maimonides, in his explication of the Thirteen basic fundamentals of Jewish belief, states the [...]
What is the difference between a Cohen and a pagan priest? A fascinating analysis of their roles and goals based on the ancient Aramaic translation of the Torah text by Onkelos View this video directly on Vimeo.
G-d wants me to be a thinking person, not a minion or a drone. Rabbi Becher explains why this is one of the most important concepts in the Creation of the World. View this video directly on Vimeo.
Now that we are in the month of Shevat, approaching the 15th of Shevat, TU Bishvat, I think it is appropriate to discuss some of the laws of the land of Israel. For the first three years after a tree [...]
In this parsha we are introduced to the term "...and the stranger that dwells with you." Rabbi Becher examines to what extent must the convert to Judaism be given the same treatment as a person who was born Jewish. View [...]
Generally, we classify the commandments of the Torah into commandments that pertain to our relationship with G-d and commandments that pertain to our relationship with other people. There are some who had a third category, the commandments that govern the [...]
Jacob the Patriarch dies in this week's Torah reading. Unfortunately, Rabbi Moshe Shapiro, a long-time teacher for Rabbi Mordechai Becher, also died this week. Rabbi Becher gives some insights into the greatness of Rabbi Shapiro so that we can fully [...]