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Jewish Holidays

Parshat Shemini Shabbat HaChodesh 5757

September 26, 2016, by

“It was on the eighth day that Moses summoned Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel.” (Vayikra 9,1). “It was on the eighth day…” Eighth day of what? Rashi explained it “the eighth day after the seven days of inauguration (Miluim) which preceded it, and it is the first of Nisan in the […]

Parshat Parah: Background

April 9, 2014, by

“This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying: Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.” (BaMidbar 19:2) This is an example of Law of the Torah which is considered completely […]

Parshat Shekalim: Background

April 9, 2014, by

Resh Lakish said “On the first of Adar, an announcement is made concerning the Shekalim.” (Masechet Megillah) The first of the Four Special Shabbatot is Shabbat Parshat Shekalim. It occurs either on the last Shabbat of the month of Shevat, or on the Shabbat which in that year coincides with Rosh Chodesh Adar, or on […]

The Four Shabbatot: An Overview

March 4, 2014, by

As an introduction to this topic, a (relatively) short introductory note would be helpful. On a regular Shabbat, the Parshah of the Week, which is divided into seven portions, is read publicly in the shul, or synagogue. For each of the seven portions, one congregant is “called up” to make “brachot,” or blessings, on the […]

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 […]

Parshat Zachor: Remember Amalek

February 26, 2014, by

“Zachor Et Asher Asah Lecha Amalek BaDerech Betzetchem MiMitzrayim” “Remember what Amalek did to you on your way out of Egypt! (Devarim 25)” On the Shabbat that precedes Purim, two Torah scrolls are taken from the ark; one for the regular parsha and one for the Maftir – ‘Remember what Amalek did to you’ (Devarim 25). Because of […]

Parshat Zachor

June 29, 2006, by

The Mishnah Berurah (O.C. 685:1:1) explains in the name of rabbinic authorities that Parshas Zachor is read on the Shabbos prior to Purim because of the exhortation to eliminate Amalek, from which Haman stemmed, and to relate the mitzvah of obliterating the memory of Amalek to its execution on Purim during the days of Mordechai […]

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