Aharon Gabbay

Shelach Lecha 5779

Two sides of the coin This week’s parasha recounts the famous story of the Jewish spies that were sent into Israel to investigate the land before entering. The spies found that the land was well inhabited and they were distraught that they would not be able to enter the Promised Land. The Pasuk says that […]

Shavuot 5779

All for one   Chag Shavuot is a grand time for the Jewish people. It is the reliving of the Jews receiving their beloved Torah from Hashem. It is arguably the most eventful occurrence in Jewish history. However, with some thought, it doesn’t seem to be as grand as it appears. If one looks into […]

Kedoshim 5779

Loving your neighbour In this week’s portion we read the famous words that are running on every Jews mouth. ואהבת לרעך כמוך – you should love your neighbour as you love yourself. In fact, the Parasha is overflowing with commandments between man and his friend and it is essential for every Jew to follow in […]

Pesach edition 5779

We are a miracle   The chag of pesach is accompanied by a grand feast where not only do we dine like kings, but we also conduct many traditions and reenactments of the past. The famous Seder that almost every Jewish house conducts, requires certain order that can not be rearranged or cut short. It […]

Vayikra 5779

Beyond a shadow of a doubt   We read the famous passage about erasing the name of Amalek. Amalek are a nation who despise the Jews with endless hate and there are even mitsvot related to erasing their name. But what is it that singles out Amalek more than any other nation? What is it […]

Lech Lecha 5779

The sky’s the limit   The parashah tells of a famous dialogue between Avraham Avinu and Hakadosh Baruch Hu: Avraham is troubled that he will not have children, Hashem takes Avraham outside to show him the stars and says your children will be many just like the stars. Rashi explains that the simple way of […]

Behaalotecha 5778

Becoming your attributes    The parasha begins where Aharon HaCohen is instructed to light the Menorah. When Aharon was told to light the Menorah the Pasuk says ״ויעש כן אהרן״ “and Aharon did as he was told”. Why should the pasuk need to point out that that one of the greatest people in that generation […]

Pesach 5778

Ten plagues or ten lessons?   The ten plagues. Hashems way of executing the justified punishment for the Egyptians. The several hundred years of intense and barbaric treatment that the Egyptian nation delivered unto the Jewish people would not go unnoticed. But why is it that Hakadosh Baruch Hu had to conduct his judgement in […]

Vayakhel- Pekudei

The eternal gift   “Six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have sanctity, a day of complete rest to Hashem”.This is the commandment at the core of Am Yisrael, the backbone of our religion, the reason we all sit around our tables once a week. Rabbi Yisrael Meir Kagan, […]

Mikeitz 5778

More than meets the eye   We continue with the famous story where Yaacov’s sons head down to Egypt to collect food, leaving their youngest brother, Binyamin behind with Yaacov. They reveal to the viceroy (who little do they know is their very own brother, Yosef) that their youngest brother is with their father. The […]

Sukkot 5778

The light at the end of the tunnel   In the recent months, there have been epic moments of bonding with Hashem. A variety of emotions have filled our hearts. We have toiled through a powerful month of Elul consisting of cries to our Creator, building up to Rosh Hashanah, where we declared the kingship […]

Ki Tetzei 5777

The Torah’s soft spot   The Torah states that “You shall not pervert the judgement of a stranger or an orphan”. The Sforno says this is referring to a case when there is a dispute between two people, one should not disregard the argument of the orphan or stranger due to their handicap. Rashi is troubled […]