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Kedoshim 5779
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Love your neighbor: R’ Levi Yitzchak m’Berditchev – we love ourselves even though we’re not perfect, we should love others even with all their faults. נחלת צבי: Why does the Torah say “ואת שבתותי תשמרו” using the plural? Rashi says that the Torah juxtaposes honoring one’s parents to Shabbos to teach that one shouldn’t listen […]
Haggadah 5779
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What is the message of the simanim of the seder? Just as a siman enables someone to identity a lost item, the simanim of the Seder are meant to enable us to find what Hashem wants from us. The more we prepare for something the more we get out of the experience. הא לחמא עניא: […]
Tazria Hachodesh 5779
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Lubavitcher Rebbe tz”l: How is Tazria a fitting title for the parsha – the majority of the parsha discusses the Metzora! What is the connection between childbirth and a metzora? ציצין שאינם מעכבין and the parameters of hidur mitzvah. Is מילה a continuous mitzvah or a one-time mitzvah? Rashi says that if at the end […]
Shemini 5779
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On the 8th day of the inauguration of the Mishkan Moshe summons Aharon, his sons and the zekenim. He then addresses Aharon (and his sons). Why are the zekenim summoned? One of the korbanot Aharon brought was to atone for the sale of Yosef. What is the connection between the two? Rav Joseph B. Soloveichik […]
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 […]