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The Mitzvah of Peah and the Yamim Tovim
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וּבְקֻצְרְכֶם אֶת קְצִיר אַרְצְכֶם לֹא תְכַלֶּה פְּאַת שָׂדְךָ בְּקֻצְרֶךָ וְלֶקֶט קְצִירְךָ לֹא תְלַקֵּט לֶעָנִי וְלַגֵּר תַּעֲזֹב אֹתָם אֲנִי ה’ אֱלֹקֵיכֶם When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not completely remove the corners of your field as you reap and you shall not gather the gleanings of your harvest; for the poor and […]
Being Holy
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קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי ה’ אֱלֹקֵיכֶם Speak to the assembly of Bnei Yisrael and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, Hashem, your God, am holy (19:2) Commenting on this pasuk, the Toras Kohanim[1] makes the following statement: לאמר, אם מקדישים אתם עצמכם, מעלה אני עליכם כאילו קידשתם אותי This means, if […]
Lessons from Tzoraas
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זֹאת תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת הַמְּצֹרָע בְּיוֹם טָהֳרָתוֹ This shall be the law of the metzora on the day of his purification (14:2) The Parshiyos of Tazria and Metzora deal in the main with the punishment of tzoraas which can affect a person’s house, clothing and body in response to various types of moral deficiency and wrongdoing. […]
Nadav and Avihu
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וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל אַהֲרֹן הוּא אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר ה’ לֵאמֹר בִּקְרֹבַי אֶקָּדֵשׁ וְעַל פְּנֵי כָל הָעָם אֶכָּבֵד וַיִּדֹּם אַהֲרֹן Moshe said to Aharon: Of this Hashem spoke, saying: “Through those who are near Me I will be sanctified, and before the entire people I will be honored,” and Aharon was silent. (10:3) The opening section of […]
Parshas Tzav – Shabbos HaGadol
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From the Haftarah וְעָרְבָה לַה’ מִנְחַת יְהוּדָה וִירוּשָׁלָ‍ִם כִּימֵי עוֹלָם וּכְשָׁנִים קַדְמֹנִיּוֹת The minchah-offering of Yehudah and Yerushalayim will be pleasing to Hashem as in the days of old and in previous years (Malachi 3:4) This pasuk which opens the Haftarah of Shabbos HaGadol, and which is well known to us from the conclusion of […]
Korban Olah at the North Side
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וְאִם מִן הַצֹּאן קָרְבָּנוֹ מִן הַכְּשָׂבִים אוֹ מִן הָעִזִּים לְעֹלָה… וְשָׁחַט אֹתוֹ עַל יֶרֶךְ הַמִּזְבֵּחַ צָפֹנָה If his offering is from the flock, from sheep of goats for a burnt-offering… He shall slaughter it at the northern side of the Mizbeach. (Vayikra 1:10-11) With the opening of Chumash Vayikra, we enter the realm of korbanos. […]
Betzalel’s Wisdom
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וַיֹּאמֶר מֹשֶׁה אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל רְאוּ קָרָא ה’ בְּשֵׁם בְּצַלְאֵל בֶּן אוּרִי בֶן חוּר לְמַטֵּה יְהוּדָה Moshe said to Bnei Yisrael, “See, Hashem has appointed by name, Betzalel son of Uri son of Chur, of the tribe of Yehudah” (35:30) A Standard – and Unusual – Introduction With these words, Moshe introduces the individual charged […]
Breaking the Luchos
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וַיְהִי כַּאֲשֶׁר קָרַב אֶל הַמַּחֲנֶה וַיַּרְא אֶת הָעֵגֶל וּמְחֹלֹת וַיִּחַר אַף מֹשֶׁה וַיַּשְׁלֵךְ מִיָּדָיו אֶת הַלֻּחֹת וַיְשַׁבֵּר אֹתָם תַּחַת הָהָר It happened as (Moshe) drew near the camp and saw the Egel and the dances, Moshe became angry and he threw down the luchos from his hands and smashed them at the foot of the […]
The Golden Mizbeach
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וְעָשִׂיתָ מִזְבֵּחַ מִקְטַר קְטֹרֶת You shall make an altar for offering the incense (30:1) Why is the Golden Mizbeach in our Parsha? Then final topic discussed in our Parsha is the golden Mizbeach upon which the ketores was offered twice daily as part of the avodah in the Mishkan. The Rishonim have already noted that […]
The Aron and the Luchos
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וְנָתַתָּ אֶל הָאָרֹן אֵת הָעֵדֻת אֲשֶׁר אֶתֵּן אֵלֶיךָ You shall place in the Ark the Testimony that I shall give you (25:16) A Repeated Mitzvah? The Parsha of Terumah inaugurates a series of parshiyos discussing the construction of the Mishkan and its keilim (vessels). The first of the keilim presented by the Torah is the […]