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Devarim 5778
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Vilna Gaon: What makes Sefer Devarim unique in contrast to the first four books of the Torah? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 7 Av 5778 (July 19th, 2018)
Matot-Masei 5778
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Emet L’Yaakov: If Moshe’s usage of “זה הדבר” shows his elevated level of prophecy, why doesn’t the Torah use this phrase until now? Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 29 Tammuz 5778 (July 12th, 2018)
Pinchas 5778
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Shem MiShmuel: Why did they mention that his grandfather fattened calves for idolatry, not just that he was an idolater? Why does the Torah mention three generations, back to Aharon? Sefat Emet: The connection between the seemingly disparate parts of the Parsha. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 22 Tammuz 5778 […]
Shelach 5778
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The switching of the פ and ע in Megilat Eicha and the sin of the meraglim. What was the spies’ intention? Rav Soloveitchik on Yehoshua’s name change. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 24 Sivan 5778 (June 7th, 2018)
Behar 5778
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Rav Soloveitchik (quoted in Nefesh HaRav) on the Haftarah for Behar. Rav Schwab on Rashi’s quote: What does Shemittah have to do with Har Sinai? Rav Schwab: When warning against lending with interest to a fellow Jew, why does the Torah emphasizes the term אחיך – your brother? Delivered at the OU Israel Center, Lag […]
Emor 5778
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Rav Soloveitchik (quoted in Nefesh HaRav) broadens the application of the mitzvah of “וקדשתו” – it includes the obligation to be mindful of the different pedigrees within the Jewish people. Rav Nissan Alpert asks how our sukkah can possibly resemble the Clouds of Glory they commemorate. Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 11 Iyyar 5778 […]
Tazria-Metzora 5778
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The Shem MiShmuel and Limudei Nissan (Rav Nissan Alpert) on the parsha plus Yom Ha’atzmaut. The Shem MiShmuel on the parallel between the creation of man and the Torah (the spiritual first and then the physical). The Limudei Nisan discusses why a person afflicted with Tzaraat is referred to as “אדם”. Delivered at the OU […]