Parashat Behar

2022-05-19T19:39:10+08:00

The people still have many years of wandering the desert before they arrive in the promised land - so why does our parasha turn to the Sabbatical and Jubilee laws when the land must rest? Seforno points out that at this point, the story with the spies had not yet happened and entering the land

Parashat Behar2022-05-19T19:39:10+08:00

Parashat Emor

2022-05-11T20:41:28+08:00

Emor - means - say and is so named because of how it begins: “Say to the priests…The parsha is full of harsh - even unfair - teachings. For example, it talks of what disqualifies priests from serving in the Temple. A physical challenge - something they have no control over - can disqualify them.

Parashat Emor2022-05-11T20:41:28+08:00

Parashat Kedoshim

2022-05-05T17:45:28+08:00

There’s a commandment to leave the final edge of a field for the Jewish poor: And when you reap your land’s harvest, you shall not finish off the edge of your field…Hebrew distinguishes between you singular and you plural. This verse switches from one to the other. Whereas the your of your land’s harvest is

Parashat Kedoshim2022-05-05T17:45:28+08:00

Parashat Acharei Mot, Shabbat Mevarechim

2022-04-28T08:55:44+08:00

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

2022-04-20T20:39:42+08:00

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

2022-04-15T01:48:03+08:00

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

2022-04-09T07:37:27+08:00

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

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 Tazria, Parshat Hachodesh, Rosh Chodesh

2022-03-30T21:24:45+08:00

Our parasha opens with a description of human conception - Should a woman quicken with seed and give birth. A midrash connects it to a verse from the book of Job: I shall speak my mind far and wide and show that the right is with my Maker (Job 36:3). This verse is the introduction

Parashat Tazria, Parshat Hachodesh, Rosh Chodesh2022-03-30T21:24:45+08:00

Parashat Shemini, Parshat Parah, Shabbat Mevarechim

2022-03-24T20:22:34+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 Mevarechim2022-03-24T20:22:34+08:00
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