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Matos-Masei 5778
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Rashi on why parshat nedarim was addressed to the Nesi’im. What qualifies someone as an expert (יחיד מומחה) vis-a-vis annulling vows – genuine semicha (Ramban) or expertise (Rambam)? The dispute between the Rambam and the Ramban vis-a-vis the mechanics of hatarat nedarim – is it adjudication or is it a new construct? Bnei Gad & […]
Pinchas 5778
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Pinchas is Eliyahu and their zealousness on behalf of God vs. Moshe and Yonah’s defense of Bnei Yisrael Does Eliyahu visit every Bris Milah as a reward or punishment? The Moshe Rabbeinu-Eliyahu parallel The appointment of Yehoshua and his being compared to Moshe.
Chukas 5778
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Rashi on the words חוקת התורה is slightly different from his comment when we usually encounter the word חוקה. Are the nations impressed or unimpressed by חוקים? The Malbim’s reading and understanding of the sin of מי מריבה. The differences and similarities between Moshe’s hitting the rock here and in Beshalach.
Korach 5778
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The story of Korach is about the art of avoiding machloket. Why does Moshe momentarily despair when Korach rebels? When did the story of Korach take place? Why is it recorded now? Rashi, Ibn Ezra, and the Ramban. What is the subtext of Korach’s questions to Moshe? What role to Datan and Aviram play?
Naso 5778
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The Torah indicates Nezirut is finite; why doesn’t it tell us the duration outright? What does the 30-days default duration for nezirut teach us about the purpose of Nezirut? Why does the Torah refer to him as a Nazir even after he finishes his nezirut? How does refraining from contact with a corpse relate to […]
Shavuos 5778
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One reason given why we decorate the shul with greenery is to commemorate Moshe being placed in the Nile in a basket of reeds which occured on Shavuot. Where did the separate custom of decorating the shul with flowers originate? Decorating with trees, the concept of חוקת הגוים, and the parameters of חוקת הגוים. The […]