Mission Statement

November 7th, 2005 by Yaakov Ellis

The purpose of this blog is to provide a constant stream of bite-size Divrei Torah relating to the Torah portion of the week.

Unlike many other parsha-related sites on the Internet, the typical article on Parsha Blog will not be very long, will not draw from half a dozen sources and will not be overly complex (at first glance, that is).

Why not do it this way? Aren’t long articles featuring multi-faceted approaches to complex themes very interesting? Yes, of course they are. If you want to read them, they are published weekly on many sites spanning the Internet (a resources page will soon be posted for those interested in pursuing this path of Torah study). However, in today’s world, many people do not have time every day to sit down in a quiet place free of interruptions, and read a complex and introspective piece of Torah. If you can do this, Kol haKavod (non-literal translation: more power to you)!. For those who cannot do this every day, how can one be sure to learn a bit of Torah every day relating to the portion of the week?

To answer this question, I offer Parsha Blog. The average Dvar Torah posted on Parsha Blog will be 2-3 paragraphs long, will be based on a small number of pesukim from the coming week’s Torah reading and will draw on the interpretations of one or two commentators. Most posts will raise a question about the topic at hand. Sometimes these questions will be answered, sometimes they will not. Almost all will be thought provoking (and hopefully comment provoking as well). And with God’s help, all of the words of Torah written here will in some way help the readers and their extended communities to further their relationships with הקדוש ברוך הוא and their commitments to תורה.

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