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Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

Rabbi Menachem Leibtag. founder of the Tanach Study Center, is one of pioneers of Torah Education via the Internet. He also lectures in Jewish communities and on college campuses throughout North America.

Parshat Shekalim by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag

February 26, 2014, by

In Memory of Rabbi Abraham Leibtag Parshat Shekalim Just a short ‘vort’ on Parshat Shekalim (Shemot 30:11-16) which we read for maftir this week. A ‘BASE’ AND A ‘CROWN’ What did Bnei Yisrael do with the money collected for the “machatzit ha’shekel”? From the commandment at the beginning of Parshat Ki-tisa it is not very […]

Yom Kippur: A Day of Atonement?

September 14, 2010, by

Is the ‘Day of ATONEMENT‘ a precise translation for YOM KIPPUR? The word ‘atonement’ implies amends for a certain wrongdoing. In this sense, the ‘Day of Atonement’ implies expiation for transgressions which may have been committed over the course of the previous year. However, in Chumash we find numerous instances in which the word “kippurim” […]

From Seven to Eight – From Sukkot to Shmini Atzeret

June 29, 2006, by

Is ‘eight’ a magic number in Sefer Vayikra? Or, is it only coincidental that: In Parshat Shmini – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the dedication of the Mishkan; In Parshat Tazria – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen for the “brit Milah” of a male child; In Parshat Metzora – the ‘eighth day’ is chosen […]

Sukkot: An Agricultural or Historic Holiday?

June 29, 2006, by

Wouldn’t make more sense to celebrate Sukkot during the month of Nisan instead of Tishrei? After all, this is the holiday that commemorates our dwelling in ‘booths’ in the desert after we left Egypt, and it was in the month of Nisan that we first set up camp in the desert! In fact, Sukkot was […]

Yom Tru’ah & Zichron Tru’ah: Rosh HaShanah in the Chumash

June 28, 2006, by

To our surprise, Chumash appears to have left out the two primary aspects of the holiday which we call Rosh Hashana: * that it marks the beginning of the NEW YEAR, and * that it is a Day of Judgement. This week’s shiur attempts to uncover them. INTRODUCTION Chumash contains only two brief and ambiguous […]

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