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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 […]
Parshat Mishpatim 5778
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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, February 8th 2018 3 mitzvot are grouped together, hitting a parent, kidnapping, and cursing a parent.  Why is kidnapping placed in the middle? Why is Eved Ivri the first mitzvah mentioned in the parsha?