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Toldos 5779
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Why are we told here (via Rashi) that Yitzchak looked identical to Avraham rather than when he was born – even after he was born Yishmael was claiming Yitzchak wasn’t Avraham’s son (according to the Seforno). Yishmael’s primary crime according to the Seforno was his attempt to delegitimize Yitzchak as Avraham’s son. The Gra on […]
Chayei Sarah 5779
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Alshich: What is the connection between ה’ ברך את אברהם בכל and finding a wife for Yitzchak? Why isn’t the prelude to finding a wife for Yitzchak about Yitzchak getting older! Eliezer’s Test and ניחוש: The ר”ן says that if something is based on logic and one’s decision is entirely based on the sign, it’s […]
Vayeira 5779
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Rashi doesn’t usually explain why Hashem appears to someone, here he explains why because the Torah doesn’t tell us the purpose of the visit. The historical and halachic basis for Bikur Cholim – ואהבת לרעך כמוך and והלכת בדרכיו, making it both בין אדם למקום and בין אדם לחברו. The 3 elements of the mitzvah […]
Lech Lecha 5779
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The Alshich: What is the nature of Terach’s journey to Canaan, why did he only get as far as Charan, and why is his death recorded 60 years early? Peshat and drash differ not on who “הפליט” is but rather on why Og is called הפליט. Og, Moshe, and zechut avot in Chazal. Why does […]
Noach 5779
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(The Babylonian names of the Hebrew months and the correct name of מרחשון) The Gemara asks: why is everything being destroyed, mankind is the only one who corrupted its ways? The Pasuk of ואני ברוב חסדך אבוא ביתך begins with a “ו”, the previous pasuk says Hashem destroys those who speak falsehood. The Gemara applies […]
Yom Kippur 5779
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Why is the bracha on candles different on Yom Kippur than for that of other Yomim Tovim? Why do we light candles on Yom Kippur in the first place? (Making brachot on minhagim) The Gemara says Yom Kippur is a joyous day either because we attain atonement and forgiveness or because we received the second […]
Rosh Hashana 5779
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Is there a mitzvah to rejoice and have festive meals on Rosh Hashanah? Why don’t we say Hallel on Rosh Hashanah? It’s a day of Judgment, why is rejoicing appropriate? Is Rosh Hashanah a moed – it’s called a moed in the Torah but we don’t refer to it as such in davening or kiddush? […]
Ki Teitzei 5778
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The Chazon Ish on the mitzvah to build a fence around one’s roof (מעקה) and why it doesn’t apply in all cases. Not having dangerous things in one’s house. How Hashem phrases Balaam’s failure to curse the Jewish people as opposed to how Balaam phrased it. For Chalitza, why does the יבמה say the יבם […]
Shoftim 5778
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When going to the Sanhedrin, why does the Torah emphasize “אשר יהיה בימים ההם”? The Rambam’s view of Lo Tasur and its connection to “אשר יהיה בימים ההם”.