Parashat Acharei Mot, Shabbat Mevarechim


Although our parasha describes Yom Kippur, the Biblical Prophets never mention the day. R. Meir Simcha of Dvinsk contrasts this lacuna with the holiday of Passover that the Prophets referenced on occasion. He suggests that in the First Temple period, when Prophets operated, Yom Kippur was a quiet personal holiday that individuals marked by fasting

Parashat Acharei Mot, Shabbat Mevarechim2022-04-28T08:55:44+08:00

Parashat Passover


And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry out to me? Speak to the Israelites, that they journey onward. Various midrashim speak of Israel’s unworthiness to cross the sea - they had become idolaters, no different from Egypt and unworthy of salvation. Connecting these midrashim to our verse, Ohr HaHayim explains that as

Parashat Passover2022-04-20T20:39:42+08:00

Parashat Passover


Whenever there’s a child at the Seder, they are tasked with asking the four Mah Nishtana questions. In one place, Maimonides formulates this in a unique way: We pour the second cup; and here the child asks. And then the reader says, "What differentiates this night from all other nights? (Laws of Hametz and Matza 8:2).

Parashat Passover2022-04-15T01:48:03+08:00

Parashat Metzora, Shabbat HaGadol


When the time comes for the metzora, who was sent away from Israelite camp, to start the cleansing process, we are told…He shall be brought to the kohen, and the kohen shall go outside the camp…Tiferet Shlomo explains that whenever people are distant, this process is true. Each side must take steps towardn the other

Parashat Metzora, Shabbat HaGadol2022-04-09T07:37:27+08:00

Parashat Shemini, Parshat Parah, Shabbat Mevarechim


The Talmud relates a story about a Roman Caesar asking one of the Rabbis to “see your God.” He was so persistent that one summer’s day, the Rabbi advised Caesar to gaze at the blinding sun - and then Caesar got the point. To see God is impossible. This story appears at what is almost the

Parashat Shemini, Parshat Parah, Shabbat Mevarechim2022-04-08T04:19:30+08:00
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