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Balak 5779
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Why does Hashem warn Balaam using the seemingly repetitive wording of “don’t curse them for they are blessed”? Balaam had the opposite of the midot required for nevuah (as listed by the Rambam), how, then, did he merit prophecy? Why does Pirkei Avot choose specifically Balaam as the opposite of Avraham Why did Balaam’s donkey […]
Shelach 5779
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Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik: What was the purpose of the mission of the Meraglim vs. what they actually did. The parallel between a courtship and the mission of the meraglim. Our relationship to Eretz Yisrael is that of a marriage. Shvilei Chaim: This wasn’t the first time Moshe was able to completely save Bnei Yisrael. […]
Behaaloscha 5779
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שיחת מוסר: How is lighting the Menorah a consolation for Aharon not being included in the korbanot hanesiim, how could lighting the Menorah be greater than the ketoret (which was part of the Korbanot HaNesiim)? The connection between the Menorah and hakarat hatov (lighting the Menorah to illuminate Hashem’s home just as he illuminates the […]
Naso 5779
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Why are the descriptions of the responsibilities of the three families of Levi not all read as part of the same Parshat HaShavua? (R’ Chaim Kanievsky) Rav Mordechai Eliyahu on the mitzvah of vidui: before saying vidui on other people (i.e. criticizing them) we need to apply it to ourselves Is being a Nazir a […]
Bamidbar 5779
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“בשלושה דברים ניתנה התורה: במדבר, באש, ובמים” What is the message of the Torah being given in the desert? If we have the midbar mentality (relying on God in the absence of any resources) then Torah is given to us as a gift. Since Dan was large (62,700) they travelled last and were the מאסף […]
Bechukosai 5779
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אם בחוקותי תלכו – רש”י: שתהיו עמלים בתורה Limudei Nisan (Rav Nisson Alpert): is there an allusion to this drasha in the words of the verse itself? Are physical rewards the real reward for performing mitzvot – why doesn’t the Torah say the reward is Olam Haba? Rav Shimshon Pincus: Why are Hashem’s rewards & […]