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Korach 5778
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Eleh HaDevarim on the root of Korach’s sin. Rav Schwab on what Korach “took”. What does the 2nd pasuk seem to be a repetition of the first? Rav Soloveitchik on how the machloket of Korach is alive and well in our day. Kli Yakar on the command not to be like Korach like Hashem told […]
Shelach 5778
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What can we learn from the story of the spies? What was the root of their sin? Aish Kodesh on why Calev didn’t address the spies’ false claims directly. Sefat Emet on why they had to wait 40 years. Why sometimes Yehoshua is listed first and sometimes Calev is listed first. תוספת ברכה: One word […]
Behaaloscha 5778
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The aggadeta of throwing the keys up to heaven at churban bayit sheni. Why is Aharon praised for not changing the process of lighting the menorah? The 3 times the Torah uses the word מקשה. The different sounds made with the חצוצרות.
Naso 5778
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Divrei Mordechai: Why is this Parsha called Naso, meaning “lifting up”? Rav Zevin: The message of Isru Chag and its connection to Naso. Bnei Yissaschar: Why the Torah repeats how many Leviim there are after listing the number from each family? The leadership-jealousy connection as the theme of the Parsha. Why does Moshe have to […]
Bamidbar-Shavuos 5778
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Rav Hirsch: Bamidbar takes what was taught in Sefer Vayikra and applies it to everyday life. Why does Bamidbar begin with counting? Rav Meir Shapiro on the 3 events in history that typify our sacrifice for Torah represented by fire, water, and desert. Why Aharon’s children are listed and Moshe’s children are generally omitted?
Bechukosai 5778
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Why are all the rewards listed in this week’s parsha physical rewards if they aren’t the real reward for following the Torah? An answer from the Ketav Sofer. The Kli Yakar writes that part of the punishment of exile is that we don’t feel unified, even though human nature is to feel more unified in […]
Behar 5778
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Why is Shemitah in Sefer Vayikra (Torat Kohanim)? Rav Nissin Alpert, R’ Aharon Levine (the Reisha Rav), the Meshech Chochmah. The real theme of Sefer Vayikra is Kedusha, Parshat Behar focuses on Kedushat Ha’aretz. The parallel between Shemitah-Yovel and Shabbat-Yom Tov. Why does Yovel require all of Bnei Yisrael to be living in Eretz Yisrael while […]