Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

Rabbi Shmuel Goldin

Noted as one of the most articulate spokesmen in the Orthodox community today, Rabbi Shmuel Goldin has developed an innovative educational approach to Torah study, Jewish law and Jewish identity which is enthusiastically received by traditional and non-traditional Jews alike.

Parshas Emor: Why Do We Count?

April 24, 2013, by

Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin’s ‘Unlocking The Torah Text: An In-Depth Journey Into The Weekly Parsha- Vayikra’ Click here to buy the book Context In the midst of the Torah’s discussion concerning the festival cycle, immediately after the commandment concerning the Omer offering (a barley offering in the Temple which marks the beginning of the harvest

Context & Questions: A Puzzling Exception

May 5, 2010, by

Context In a sweeping set of edicts at the beginning of Parshat Behar, the Torah regulates the sale of land within Jewish society. Land should be sold only in the case of dire necessity. Land that has been sold may be redeemed after two years by the original owner or by his relatives. The price

Context & Questions: Mysterious Majesty

April 28, 2010, by

Context As Parshat Emor continues with its description of the festival cycle, we encounter a holiday shrouded in mystery. A series of enigmas surround both the festival of Shavuot, introduced for the first time in this parsha, and Revelation, the historical event with which Shavuot is associated. 1. Although the rabbis identify Shavuot as Zman

Context & Questions: Will the Real Owner Please Stand Up?

April 22, 2010, by

Context The Torah obligates a landowner to a series of five mandatory matanot la’evyonim, “gifts to the poor.” Four of these obligations are recorded in Parshat Kedoshim: 1. Leket: Stalks of grain that fall to the ground during the harvest must be left for collection by the poor. 2. Peah: A portion (preferably a corner)

Context & Questions: Simcha or Sin?

April 14, 2010, by

Context Parshat Tazria opens with one of the strangest examples of biblical ritual “impurity”: tumat yoledet, tuma resulting from childbirth. The Torah relates that, following the birth of a male child, a childbearing mother enters a seven-day period of tuma, while following the birth of a female child, a fourteen-day period of tuma is mandated.

Context & Questions: Sanctuary Sobriety

April 8, 2010, by

Context In the shadow of Nadav and Avihu’s tragic death, God turns to their father, Aharon, and commands: Do not drink wine or intoxicating beverage, you and your sons with you, when you come into the Tent of Meeting, and you will not die; this is an eternal decree for your generations. In order to

Context & Questions: Manifest Destiny?

March 24, 2010, by

Context As Parshat Tzav draws to a close, God commands Moshe to instruct Aharon concerning the laws of the shivat yemei hamiluim, the seven days of preparation that will lead to the inauguration of the kehuna on the eighth day. These events will launch the ongoing priestly role of Aharon and his progeny across the

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