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Lech Lecha 5779
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In Bereshit heaven (spiritual) and earth (physical) are created. In Noach the connection between heaven and Earth is severed. Avraham has the task to bring the two back together, synthesizing Torah with the world. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, October 18th, 2018 (9 Marcheshvan 5779)
Ki Tavo 5778
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Rav Moshe Shapiro on the connection between destroying Amalek (the end of Ki Teitzei) and bringing Bikkurim (the beginning of Ki Tavo) and the absence of the letter Samech in Parshat Bikkurim. The Rav on the 2 covenants God made with us – in Bechukotai and in Ki Tavo. Download the mekorot here Delivered at […]
Ki Teitzei 5778
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The ethic of a mitzvah: Shem MiShmuel on Shiluach HaKan and the Kibud Av v’Em, the 2 mitzvot for which rewards are mentioned, one is the easiest and one is the hardest yet the reward is the same. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 12 Elul 5778 (August 23rd, 2018)
Shoftim 5778
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Shem MiShmuel: Why is a matzeiva unacceptable whereas a mizbeach is fine? Vilna Gaon: The prohibition for a king to have many wives and reasons for mitzvot.  
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 […]