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Parshat Bo 5779
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Rav Hutner: If Moshe’s task was to teaching Torah (which was oral) why would he be given a speech impediment? What is the connection between אשר יצר and אלוקי נשמה? Shem MiShmuel: When Moshe relates the command to take a sheep for the Korban Pesach, he adds the word משכו. Why? Rav Shimon Schwab: we say […]
Vayechi 5779
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Rebbe Tzadok HaKohen: The fact that Yaakov reached his highest level and the Jewish people became a nation only in Egypt, outside the Land of Israel is a concept closed to us. This is alluded to by the closed parsha at beginning of Vayechi. Emet L’Yaakov: Why did Yaakov bless the shevatim with the other […]
Vayigash 5779
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Beis HaLevi: Why did Yosef ask if his father is still alive, they mentioned it many times! Why were they ashamed by his simply saying “I am Yosef”? Why were they speechless? Why does this incident inspire R’ Abba to say “אוי לנו מיום הדין אוי לנו מיום התוכחה”? Download the mekorot Delivered at the OU […]
Miketz 5779
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ממעמקים: Why didn’t Yosef reveal his identity to his brothers right away? Why did he cause his father so much anguish? Even according to the Ramban, that he was trying to actualize his dreams, wasn’t there a better way? The difference between Yosef’s attitude towards his brothers on their first trip vs. the second trip […]
Vayishlach 5779
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Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky in Emet L’Yaakov asks 4 questions on the incident with Dina and Shechem: Why did Yaakov remain silent when he heard until his sons came home? Shimon and Levi defend their action with a question: הכזונה יעשה את אחותינו. Yaakov knew his sons were trying to deceive Shechem, why didn’t he protest […]
Vayeitzei 5779
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Rachel takes her father’s תרפים, and when he asks if she has them she gives a very unusual response. Rav Moshe Shapiro on the essence of Avodah Zarah and the meaning of the word תרפים. Why did Yaakov agree to such arrangement where he had to work for Rachel, the norm is the opposite, to […]
Parshat Toldot 5779
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What is the significance of the three wells Yitzchak digs? Why does the Torah go into so much detail about them? The Ramban writes that they symbolize the three Batei Mikdash. Why are the 3 batei mikdash specifically alluded to in an incident involving Yitzchak and not Avraham or someone else? Download the mekorot here […]
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)