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Vayikra and Purim 5779
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Why does the Torah use the introductory “ויקרא אל משה” if Hashem always called to Moshe before the וידבר – speaking to him? The Torah uses the word אדם to describe someone bringing a korban to teach that just as אדם didn’t bring a korban from גזל – because he owned everything, so too we […]
Pekudei 5779
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Meshech Chochma: The stones on the choshen and efod are called avnei zikaron – who and what is supposed to be remembered? Why did the Kohen wear a uniform whereas the Navi does not? Rav Dovid Feinstein: The Torah says the Choshen and Efod can’t be separated. Why do they always have to be together […]
Ki Tisa 5779
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Darash Dovid: The Ketoret included the foul-smelling חלבונה to show that פושעי ישראל should be included when we daven. Why is this so important? Rav Shimon Schwab on Betzalel and Ohaliav’s lineage (Yehudah and Dan). Why did Betzalel need to know the letters with which Hashem created the world in order to build the Mishkan? […]
Teruma 5779
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R’ Natan Adler: The Midrash says that ויקחו לי תרומה equals שמע ישראל. What is the connection between the two? Why is the command ויקחו לי תרומה – to take for me rather than ויתנו לי תרומה – that they should give? If Moshe is to take then it’s not voluntary! Why did Bnei Yisrael […]
Mishpatim 5779
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Bartenura: Why is the Mishna of משה קבל תורה מסיני at the beginning of אבות if it’s not about mitzvot! Even the messages of Pirkei Avot which are universal in nature come from Sinai. So too parshat Mishpatim. This is why the first Rashi stresses that the laws in Parshat Mishpatim are from Sinai. Rabbeinu […]
Yisro 5779
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Ben Ish Chai: What does it mean to be a holy nation? Ohr HaChaim: Why didn’t anyone else before Yitro think of having subordinate judges! Why is Yitro given the honor of having the Parsha of Matan Torah bear his name? The Beit HaLevi: The Rambam says one can’t accept upon themselves a limitless obligation […]
Beshalach 5779
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אז ישיר משה ובני ישראל את השירה הזאת לה: The Midrash says it says they sang to Hashem to teach that they sang to Hashem and not to any human being – isn’t that obvious? Our focus is always on the victory and not on the war (e.g. Purim is commemorated on the day we […]
Bo 5779
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Dubno Maggid: If the Makkot were just a mechanism to free the Jews Hashem could have made the same plague last 10 months. It must be that the makkot were also supposed to make an impression on Bnei Yisrael and everyone is inspired by different events. Each plague had a specific purpose. What was the […]