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March 20th, 2006 by Yaakov Ellis

OK, its been about three months since I have made aliyah. If I don’t start posting to this site soon, it’s never going to happen…

Sorry for the Absence

December 23rd, 2005 by Yaakov Ellis

There are some good reasons why I have not written many posts in the past few weeks:

  • My busiest week at work ever
  • Packing almost all of the things from our apartment onto a lift
  • Going through everything else and sort into the following categories: throw away, give away, sell, pack
  • Had last day at work
  • Left apartment for good

And as God willing I will be making aliyah this upcoming Tuesday (the second day of Chanuka) with my family on Nefesh B’Nefesh’s Winter flight, I cannot guaruntee that the next couple of weeks will be any better. I will try to post at least one item on every parasha until things are more settled in my personal life. So please stick around.

(When logging in today I noticed that due to some configuration changes that my webhost made to my account without informing me, the blog was not displaying. Sorry about that. Everything is fixed now)

(On a related note, if anyone out there would like to be a guest blogger here for the next few weeks, posting on parashat hashavua/current chagim, please contact me at yaakov – at – parshablog – dot – com.

Still here

November 29th, 2005 by Yaakov Ellis

Sorry for the lack of posting on the parsha…in the middle of preparations for aliyah…(lift in 6 days, flight in 27)

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.