Delivered at the OU Israel Center by Rabbi Shai Finkelstein

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The Mishkan: Purpose, Meaning and Relevance (part 4)
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Ohr HaChaim: ושכנתי בתוכם means that Hashem “dwells” in the Mishkan which is in the center of the encampment. Human beings have aspirations of power. When we accept עול מלכות שמים we feel we are lowering ourselves. The ultimate bracha is ואולך אתכם קוממיות – to have Hashem with us and feel that we can be […]
The Mishkan: Purpose, Meaning, and Relevance (part 1)
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“ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם”: What are the differences between the Mishkan and Beit HaMikdash? Why does the Torah refer to making a Mikdash if the command was to build a Mishkan? The purposes of Shabbat and the Mishkan are the same – to bring Hashem into our lives. Why then does building the Mishkan […]
Human Corruption and its Consequences (part 2)
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Watch part 1 The episode before the flood at the end of Bereshit (cont’d) According to the Malbim the more powerful acted as if they were בני אלוהים and abused the authority and faith people had in them. We see the same behavior when Avraham and Sarah go to Egypt and in the episode of […]
Human Corruption and its Consequences (part 1)
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ויהי כי החל האדם לרב על פני האדמה ובנות ילדו להם ב ויראו בני האלהים את בנות האדם כי טבת הנה ויקחו להם נשים מכל אשר בחרו. ויאמר יהוה לא ידון רוחי באדם לעולם בשגם הוא בשר והיו ימיו מאה ועשרים שנה. הנפלים היו בארץ בימים ההם וגם אחרי כן אשר יבואו בני האלהים אל […]
Humanity’s Challenges: Bereshit Until Today (part 5)
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After God tells Kayin about his sin he says גדול עווני מנשוא. Was it said rhetorically? Ramban says Kayin told God – You created everything, can’t you handle my sin? Is this comparable to Chana who said “Hashem you can do anything so please give me a child”? Rav Shimshon Raphael Hirsch says that Kayin […]
Humanity’s Challenges: Bereshit Until Today (part 4)
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ויאמר קין אל הבל אחיו ויהי בהיותם בשדה ויקם קין אל הבל אחיו ויהרגהו In the previous scene Hashem told Kayin there was no reason to be upset, all he had to do was repent. Instead, Kayin killed Hevel. Why did he kill Hevel? Was it premeditated? The Kli Yakar: Why was Kayin upset? Kayin […]
Humanity’s Challenges: Bereshit Until Today (part 3)
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According to Rav Hirsch, Kayin felt he needed to bring something without giving any thought to what he brought. He was just trying to get it over with. Hevel understood it’s not just about the act, the intention and the mindset are important.  Hevel’s offering had more human involvement than Kayin’s offering. One’s relationship with […]