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Vayikra 5779
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Ktav V’HaKabala: What does the term ריח ניחוח לה mean? A korban alone doesn’t bring atonement, the essential component is his ריח ניחוח – his fragrance – what is he going to do in the future. A fragrance is sensed before the origin of the fragrance reaches you. Hashem knows the person’s intentions before the […]
Pekudei 5779
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אלה פקודי המשכן משכן העדות Why does the Torah repeat the word Mishkan in the opening pasuk? Rashi gives two answers – that it alludes to the collateral of the 2 Batei Mikdash that God took from us and will return (the 3rd Beit HaMikdash), and that God forgave us for the Golden Calf. Emet […]
Tetzaveh 5779: The Bigdei Kehuna
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R’ Yochanan Zweig: According to the Ramban (who says that the parshiyot of Shemot are in order) the command to build the Mishkan came before chet haegel. If so, why would the mitzvah of bigdei kehuna not be given to the firstborn who were still the ones serving! Delivered at the OU Israel Center, February 14, […]
Terumah 5779
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Emet L’Yaakov: The beams of the Mishkan were “עצי שיטים עומדים” – why does the Torah tell us they have to be standing? Why did Yaakov plant trees on his way down to Egypt for them to use for the Mishkan? R’ Yochanan Zweig: Part of the mitzvah of building the Mishkan (and Beit HaMikdash) […]
Mishpatim 5779
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Rabbeinu Bachya on Eved Ivri: There are two ways one becomes an Eved Ivri – if someone steals and can’t repay or if someone is destitute. Why is he called an Eved Ivri and not an Eved Yisraeli? Why do we pierce the ear of an Eved Ivri who wants to stay past six years? (The Korban […]
Yitro 5779
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Rav Yitzchak Hutner in the Pachad Yitzchak: Moshe is the first one to fulfill סיפור יציאת מצרים when he related to Yitro what occurred. When Yitro gives Moshe advice about how to lighten his load Yitro saying “והורתם את הדרך ילכו בה” (that Moshe should teach them the proper path”) seems out of place. Download […]
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 […]