Parashat Shemini, Parshat Parah, Shabbat Mevarechim

2022-04-08T04:19:30+08:00

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

Parashat Vayikra, Parshat Zachor

2022-03-09T16:42:40+08:00

To offer on the altar that which is wholly unkosher is, points out the Abrabarnel, a strange thing to do. And yet one finds that the blood and suet fats - both forbidden for human consumption - are key parts of the sacrificial service. Quoting Isaiah 1:18 “If your offenses be like scarlet, like snow

Parashat Vayikra, Parshat Zachor2022-03-09T16:42:40+08:00

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Parshat HaChodesh

2021-03-12T12:45:28+08:00

This week is Shabbat HaHodesh. We remove two Torah scrolls from the ark and from the second we read about declaring new months and the Passover sacrifice. This sacrifice had to be roasted:...And they shall eat the meat on this night fire-roasted...do not eat from it... cooked in water, but fire-roasted...Maharal explains that whereas boiled

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Parshat HaChodesh2021-03-12T12:45:28+08:00

Parashat Teruma, Parshat Zachor

2021-02-18T21:11:52+08:00

"Speak to the Israelites, that they take Me a donation from every man, as his heart may urge him you shall take My donation. To explain this verse, Hatam Sofer quotes the prophet Haggai Mine is the silver and mine the gold, said the LORD (2:8). God has endless ways to distribute His endless resources,

Parashat Teruma, Parshat Zachor2021-02-18T21:11:52+08:00

Parashat Mishpatim, Parshat Shekalim

2021-02-11T15:51:39+08:00

Happy are those who keep justice, the one who does charity at all times (Psalm 106:3). This verse switches from the plural - those who keep justice, to the singular - the one who does charity at all times. Ketav Sofer explains that while justice and good deeds should be pursued publicly, this is not

Parashat Mishpatim, Parshat Shekalim2021-02-11T15:51:39+08:00

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei, Parshat Hachodesh

2020-04-26T10:07:50+08:00

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

2020-04-26T10:08:21+08:00

...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

2020-03-05T17:30:53+08:00

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

Parashat Tazria, Parshat HaChodesh

2019-04-04T23:06:03+08:00

And on the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised. The Midrash connects this with a verse from Kohelet Give a share to seven and even to eight. Circumcision is part of a boy's Jewish journey but this is not the beginning and it is not enough. In order for a child

Parashat Tazria, Parshat HaChodesh2019-04-04T23:06:03+08:00

Parashat Vayakhel, Parshat Shekalim

2019-02-28T17:28:01+08:00

"And Moses assembled all the community of Israelites and said to them..." Countless times Moses assembled the people, so why stress it this time? The Ohr HaHayim explains that at the end of last parasha Moses' face became "terrifyingly luminous" and the people became afraid to draw near him. To counter their fear, Moses gathered

Parashat Vayakhel, Parshat Shekalim2019-02-28T17:28:01+08:00
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