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Rav Shimon Klein
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Rav Shimon Klein Parshat Vayishlach: The Weight of the Past What role does the past play in a person’s life? What weight is given to the future? Parshat HaShavua - MSWord Format
Rav Shimon Klein Studies in the Stories of Creation “How should a book start?” is a question that many authors pose to themselves, and then invest considerable thought in finding a proper answer. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Boundaries in Sefer Bereishit Parshat Noach starts with a very harsh description: “And the earth was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth. .... (Bereishit 6:11-13) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein “Look to Avraham, Your Forefather” And God said to Avram, “Take yourself from your land, and from your birthplace, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.” (Bereishit 12:1) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein “Until God Consulted With Avraham” In our parasha, God shares with Avraham His intention to judge Sedom and Amora (chapter 18). Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein “Before the People of the Land” Avraham’s efforts to buy the Cave of Makhpela from the Bnei Chet reflect his relationship to the people of the land in the period before his descendants have inherited it. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein “Avraham begot Yitzchak” In this shiur, we will discuss Yitzchak's role and compare it to that of Avraham. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "And This is the Gateway of Heaven" In this shiur, we will examine the nature of the place where Yaakov rests in the course of fleeing from Esav – Beit El, the House of God – through a review of our narrative... Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein “And This is the Gateway of Heaven” In this shiur, we will attempt to understand the nature of the place where Yaakov rests in the course of fleeing from Esav – Beit El, the House of God – through a review of our narrative as well as other narratives in Sefer Bereishit and in different chapters from the Prophets. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Vayishlach - The Weight of the Past What role does the past play in a person’s life? What weight is given to the future? In the simplest sense, the answer would seem to point to a self-fulfilling prophecy. A society that occupies itself with the past will likely find the source of its vitality in the delving into and longing for that which already was. A future-oriented society will make the future its focus, offering both vision and renewal. An interesting observation as to the relationship between past and future is revealed in the record of one of the branches of Esav’s family, which we will examine in this shiur. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parshat Vayeshev: "And Yisrael Loved Yosef" These are the generations of Yaakov: Yosef was seventeen years old when feeding the flock with his brothers, and the lad was with the sons of Bilha and with the sons of Zilpa, his father’s wives. And Yosef brought an evil report of them to their father. And Yisrael loved Yosef more than all his children, for he was the son of his old age; and he made him a coat with long sleeves. (Bereishit 37:2-3) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Miketz: Yosef and Yehuda Our shiur this week will focus on two characters in the parasha: Yosef and Yehuda. The first rises from the depths of jail to the lofty heights of Egyptian viceroy. The second succeeds in persuading Yaakov to part with Binyamin, assuming responsibility for him on the journey to Egypt. We will investigate the nature of their personalities and their different paths to greatness. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Vayigash: Descent to Egypt In this week’s parasha, the Torah describes the descent of “Yaakov” and “Yisrael” to Egypt. We will examine the significance of the appearance of these two names in the context of the transition of Yaakov’s family to life in Egypt. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Numbering the Years of Life In this shiur, we explore the first verse of the parasha – “And the days of Yaakov, the years of his life, [were] seven years and forty and a hundred years” (28:28). We will compare this formula to the parallel accounts concerning Avraham and Yitzchak, and expose the discrepancies between them. We focus on two main issues: an understanding of the status of “days,” as opposed to “years,” and the form in which the number of years is formulated. These differences invite the reader into the world of the characters involved and to understand something of the spiritual path and the inner movement of each of them. This offers a different view of lives of the forefathers. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Birth of a Leader The Torah includes two stories that describe the early part of Moshe's life. The first (Shemot 2:1-10) documents his birth and the circumstances through which he comes to Pharaoh's house; the second (ibid. 10-22) describes him going out to his brethren, the move to Yitro's home, his marriage to Tzippora, and his stay in Midian until the birth of his son. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Love and Freedom in the Redemption from Egypt Rav Shimon Klein God tells Moshe that He is God, that He remembers the Patriarchs and the covenant regarding the land of Canaan, that He has heard the groaning of the Children of Israel, and that He remembers the covenant. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "From Ra'amses to Sukkot" You shall dwell in sukkot for seven days... In these verses, Am Yisrael is commanded to dwell in sukkot. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Two Models of Leadership What was the nature of Moshe's leadership? To what degree did he exercise his own discretion? What degree of responsibility did he bear? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Derekh Eretz Precedes the Torah In our parasha, Yitro comes to the Israelite camp, and there he finds Moshe, a lone individual, sitting in judgment from morning to night over the entire nation. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "If You Encounter Your Enemy's Ox" What does the Torah have to do with social contracts? What does the Torah have to do with relativistic moral laws that are dependent upon the social structure within which a community operates? I Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein The Ark, Its Covering, and the Keruvim God tells Moshe, "And I will meet with you there and speak with you from above the covering, from between the two keruvim which are upon the Ark of the Testimony" (Shemot 25:22). Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein A Kohen for Seven Days "Aharon Ha-Kohen" – Aharon the Priest – is an expression that seems to us to have existed from the beginning of time. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "Whoever is of a Willing Heart" Moshe spoke to all the congregation of Bnei Yisrael, saying, “This is the matter which God has commanded, saying: Take from among you an offering to God... Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "For the Cloud Rested Upon It" The closing verses of Sefer Shemot constitute a climax. Over the course of many chapters, we have read about the construction of the Mishkan, and now the work is completed. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Introduction to the Book of Vayikra In this shiur, we will study the opening lines of Sefer Vayikra and analyze what they teach us about the goal and themes of the sefer. We will then compare Sefer Vayikra to Sefer Devarim, in particular contrasting their presentations of similar commandments. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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