Shammai says: 

Make your Torah study a fixed practice; say little and do much; and receive everyone with a cheerful face.  (Pirkei Avot 1:15)

There are four basic levels to the understanding of Torah:

Peh (P) - Peshat = Simple
Resh (R) - Remez = Hint
Dalet (D) - Derash = Insight
Samech (S) - Sod = Secret

Pronounced as "pardes" it is very important that this term be inscribed into memory, because the ladder to knowledge is only by way of pardes...one step at a time:

P - R - D - S

The term Midrash (investigation) signifies study and interpretation; hence, Beit haMidrash denotes a Talmudic school. For the most part, the purpose of the Midrashic literature is to explain the Biblical text from the ethical and devotional point of view. It is then referred to as Midrash Haggadah, in contrast to Midrash Halachah which is mainly concerned with the derivation of laws from Scriptural texts.

Rashi, the "Father of Commentators," gives us the peshat (simple) understanding, which is a very important and a MUST starting point of Torah study.  Rashi has two rare gifts as a commentator:  1) The instinct to discern precisely the point at which explanation is necessary; 2) and the art of giving or indicating the needed help in the fewest words.

No matter how advanced one becomes in their studies, one will always refer to the peshat commentary of Rashi.

RaMBaN (Rabbi Moshe ben Nachman), generally referred to as Nachmanides (1194-1270), was born in Spain, where he became known as an illustrious Talmudic authority and Bible commentator. He died in Eretz Yisrael at the age of 76. His principle work, a commentary on the Torah, contains halachic interpretations, ethical lessons, Kabbalistic allusions, as well as literal explanations in which he frequently disagrees with either Rashi or Ibn Ezra. Nachmanides professed great respect for Maimonides (RaMBaM) and defended him against the anti-Maimonists. In his opinion, Maimonides' Guide for the Perplexed was intended not for those of unshaken belief, but for those who had been led astray by the teachings of the Greek philosophers. It has been noted that Nachmanides represented Judaism from the side of emotion and feeling, as Maimonides did from the viewpoint of reason and logic.

Yalkut MeAm Lo'ez, when a person studies from these commentaries, it is counted as if he had studied Scripture, Talmud, Midrash and the Shulchan Aruch, since all are included in it.  Rabbi Yaakov Culi, author of Yalkut MeAm Lo'ez, was one of the greatest sages in his generation.  In his book, Rabbi Chaim Yosef David Azzulai speaks of him with the highest respect:

"The Sage, perfect, saintly, humble.... I know the greatness of the works of this saint, which are truly wondrous.  He was a fast writer, totally versed in the Talmud, codes and commentaries, as is obvious from his book MeAm Lo'ez, which he wrote to bring merit to the multitudes.  Happy is he and happy is his portion."  (Shem HaGedolim, Sefarim, Eyin 29)

 

The Torah is called Etz Chayim, a Tree of Life (Mishlei 3:18). Studying the narratives and halachic passages of the Torah is like studying a tree.  One can stand at a distance and observe the tree as a total entity.  Or one can study the seeds, leaves, bark, roots, twigs, limbs and fruit independently from one another.  In neither case will the student gain a complete knowledge of the tree.  In order to fully understand the tree, both approaches must be used in combination.  And that is how Torah, the Tree of Life, must be studied.  We must learn each chapter within its context.  We must study every verse, learning the meaning of each word.  But each word must also be studied with respect to its letters, its nekudos, its prefixes, its suffixes, its ta'am, for they are the roots, buds and leaves of the Tree.

 

Our Father, the merciful Father, Who acts mercifully:

Have mercy upon us and place understanding in our hearts -

to understand and elucidate, to listen, to learn and to teach, to safeguard, to perform

and to fulfill all the words of the study of Your Torah, with love.


Sefer Bereishit

Bereishit
Parsha

Torah

Rashi

MeAm Lo'ez
First Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Second Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Third Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Fourth Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Fifth Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Sixth Day of Creation
MeAm Lo'ez
Seventh Day of Creation
RaMBaN
Midrash
Creation
Midrash
Adam,Chavah & Nachash

Midrash
Kayin and Hevel

Haftara

Tanach

Noach
Parsha
Haftara

Tanach

Lech Lecha
Parsha
Haftara

Tanach

VaYera
Parsha

MeAm Lo'ez

Haftara

Tanach

Chayei Sarah
Parsha

 MeAm Lo'ez

Haftara

Tanach

Toldot
Parsha
Haftara

Tanach

VaYetze
Parsha

MeAm Lo'ez
Yaakov's Dream

Haftara

Tanach

VaYishlach
Parsha

Torah

MeAm Lo'ez

Haftara

Tanach

VaYeshev
Parsha

Torah

Haftara

Tanach

Miketz
Parsha

Torah

Haftara

Tanach

VaYigash
Parsha

Torah

Haftara

Tanach

VaYechi
Parsha

Torah

Haftara

Tanach




Sefer Shemot


Shemot
Parsha

Torah

Rashi

MeAm Loez

Haftara

Tanach

VaEra
Parsha

Torah

Rashi

MeAm Loez

Haftara

Tanach

 

Bo
Parsha

Torah

MeAm Loez

Haftara

Tanach

Beshalach
Parsha
Haftara
Yitro
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
Mishpatim
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
Terumah
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
Tetzaveh
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
Ki Tisa
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
VaYachel
Parsha

Torah

Haftara
Pekudei
Parsha

Torah

Haftara




Sefer VaYikra

VaYikra
Parsha
Haftara
Tzav
Parsha
Haftara
Shemini
Parsha
Haftara
Tazria
Parsha
Haftara
Metzora
Parsha
Haftara
Acharei Mot
Parsha
Haftara
Kedoshim
Parsha
Haftara
Emor
Parsha
Haftara
Behar
Parsha
Haftara
Bechukotai
Parsha
Haftara



Sefer BaMidbar

BaMidbar
Parsha
Haftara
Nasso
Parsha
Haftara
Behaalotcha
Parsha
Haftara
Shelach
Parsha
Haftara
Korach
Parsha
Haftara
Chukat
Parsha
Haftara
Balak
Parsha
Haftara
Pinchas
Parsha
Haftara
Mattot
Parsha
Haftara
Masei
Parsha
Haftara



Sefer Devarim

Devarim
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara

MeAm Loez

Author's Introduction

Va'Etchanan
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara
Ekev
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara
Reeh
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara
Shoftim
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara
Ki Tetze
Parsha
Rashi
Haftara
Ki Tavo
Parsha

Rashi

MeAm Loez
 

Haftara
Nitzavim
Parsha
Rashi

Haftara
Nitzavim/VaYelech

MeAm Lo'ez

MeAm Loez
Gates of Teshuvah

MeAm Loez
Shaarei Teshuvah

VaYelech
MeAm Loez Writing a Torah Scroll

MeAm Loez
This Song

Haftara
Haazinu
Parsha
Haftara
Vezot Habracha
Parsha
Haftara


 

Rosh Hashanah Five men are called up to the reading of the Torah on Rosh Hashanah, if it occurs on a week-day; seven - if the first day occurs on a Shabbat; in both cases - apart from the one called up to Maftir.  Two scrolls are taken out; the second one is for Maftir.

The birth of Yitzchak is the theme of the reading of the Torah on the first day of Rosh Hashanah.

The "Binding of Yitzchak" (Akeidah) is the theme of the reading of the Torah, on the second day of Rosh Hashanah.
It is the symbol of self-sacrifice with which we, the children of Avraham, are always ready to obey G-d's commands, and for which G-d has promised us His blessings.

 

Haftarah Rosh Hashanah The birth of Shmuel is the theme of  Haftarah Rosh Hashanah First day.  Both Sarah and Channah had been childless and barren, but G-d eventually blessed them each with a son. Both Yitzchak and Shmuel were consecrated to the service of G-d: Yitzchak through the Akeidah (Binding), and Shmuel as a prophet.

The Haftarah concludes with the following significant words:

"Those who strive with Hashem will be broken; upon him will He thunder in Heaven; Hashem will judge the ends of the earth. And He will grant strength to His King, and raise the horn of His anointed one."


Here the prophetess Channah refers to the final Day of Judgment and the "horn of Mashiach," - a theme which we mention many times in our prayers of this day.

The Haftarah reading for Rosh Hashanah Second Day speaks of the final rebuilding and redemption of Yisrael,


"For Hashem has redeemed Yaakov, and ransomed him from a hand too strong for him...Thus says Hashem: 'Refrain your voice from weepng, and your eyes from tears, for your work shall be rewarded... and they shall return from the land of the enemy. And there is hope for your future... and your children shall return to their border."

The Haftarah concludes with G-d's moving declaration of His everlasting love and mercy for Yisrael:
 

"Surely Efrayim is My own darling child! For whenever I speak of him, I do earnestly remember him still...I will surely have mercy upon him, says Hashem."

 



Yamim Tovim
Rosh Hashanah
Parsha (1st day)
 

Rashi

MeAm Loez

Maftir (1st day)
 

Rashi

Meam Loez

Haftara (1st day)
 

Rashi

Parsha (2nd day)
 

Rashi

Maftir (2nd day)


Rashi

Haftara (2nd day)
 

Rashi




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