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Divrei Torah Videos archive

  • D’var Torah: Parashat Balak

    Why would anyone name a parasha after a man bent on destroying the Jewish people? The Chief Rabbi explains in his D’var Torah, for which the full transcript appears below.
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Chukat

    Why was there greater grief for the passing of Aaron than there was for the passing of Moses? The Chief Rabbi explains. In this week’s Parasha of Chukat, we read
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Korach

    In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi explains how a miracle involving almonds can be read as a symbolic guide for overcoming difference and achieving peace in
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Shelach Lecha

    There is an intriguing connection between the opening and closing passages of this week’s parasha, which the Chief Rabbi explains in his D’var Torah.  Jewish men are not obliged to
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Beha’alotcha

    In his D’var Torah for this week, the Chief Rabbi expounds on the remarkable relevance of the number 70 to Jewish life. The full transcript appears below.  There is a
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Naso

    Upon the dedication of a new altar in the Temple, why do the Nesiim make identical, rather than individual offerings to Hashem? An interesting lesson emerges from the Torah’s longest
  • Message for Shavuot

    In a fast-paced world where technology ensures our needs are met instantaneously, Shavuot reminds us that there is joy in the build-up as well as the outcome, teaches the Chief
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Bechukotai

    As we prepare to celebrate Yom Yerushalayim on Sunday, the Chief Rabbi considers why Jerusalem – an inaccessible city without a river source – was chosen to be the Jewish
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Behar

    Why do we feed our animals before we sit down to eat? Can there be any exceptions? The Chief Rabbi provides an answer in his D’var Torah for Behar. It
  • D’var Torah: Parashat Emor

    It is a key passage in this week’s parasha that determines the number of men needed to form a minyan. Why, the Chief Rabbi enquires, do we base this number