Parashat Vayikra


And if his offering is a peace sacrifice...A peace offering is called a shlamim and is related to the word shalem, whole. A person who feels whole and happy brings this sacrifice. Based on this verse, the Rabbis prohibited a mourner from bringing or sending any sacrifice. Judaism's purpose is not to "fix" the broken, explains

Parashat Vayikra2020-04-26T10:07:20+08:00

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Parshat Hachodesh


This week is a double parasha, Vayakhel and Pekudei. The word Vayakhel means "to gather" and a meaning of the word Pekudei is "missing" or "deficient." Mei HaShiloah points that various odds and ends appear in Parashat Pekiudei. When we gather together, it is possible to see who is missing or what it is that

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Parshat Hachodesh2020-04-26T10:07:50+08:00

Parashat Ki Tisa, Parshat Parah


...the two tablets of the Covenant in his hand written on both their sides, on the one side and on the other they were written...God's writing it was, engraved (harut) on the tablets. In the ancient world, stone tablets were thick enough to have writing on both sides. Even so, the rabbinic interpretation is that

Parashat Ki Tisa, Parshat Parah2020-04-26T10:08:21+08:00

Parashat Tetzave, Parshat Zachor


The Shulhan Arukh records that the mention of the ten sons of Haman must be read in a single breath. This commemorates the fact that they were hung at the same time. Today in many Synagogues, the hazan first pauses to allow the congregation to read the ten sons of Haman in a single breath

Parashat Tetzave, Parshat Zachor2020-03-05T17:30:53+08:00
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