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Genealogical Greatness
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Bamidbar begins with Hashem commanding Moshe to “take a census of the entire assembly of Bnei Yisroel according to their families, according to their fathers’ household… you shall count them according to their legions…” The detailed instructions of this command support a powerful medrash in […]
Upright Utopia
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Bechukotai begins with a list of blessings Hashem will bestow on Bnei Yisroel if we follow His Torah. The list of blessings concludes with, “I am Hashem your God Who took you out of the land of Egypt from being their slaves. I broke the […]
Interest Intrigue
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Behar includes the prohibition against charging a fellow Jew or paying interest on a loan to a fellow Jew. One would think that it is illogical to expect someone to forgo earning interest when one could make a profit by investing that same money in other […]
Steadfast Sanctification
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Like much of the rest of Sefer Vayikra, Parshat Emor contains many commandments concerning the sacrifices. Towards the end of one of these passages, almost as an afterthought, Hashem commands, “You shall observe My commandments and perform them; I am Hashem. Lo techalillu et Shem kodshi/You shall not desecrate My […]
Loving Likeness
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Many of us are familiar with the verse, “Ve’ahavta lereyacha kamocha/Love your neighbor as yourself” and with Rabbi Akiva’s statement that this is klal gadol baTorah/a basic principle of the Torah. Two elementary questions immediately arise. First, what makes loving another so quintessential to the entire Torah, […]
Fervent Fire
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein The long anticipated day of the dedication of the Mishkan/Tabernacle had arrived. The entire nation was attuned to the spirituality of the day and eagerly awaited God’s command to bring the offerings and seeing God’s fire descending to consume these offerings. Then tragedy struck. Aharon’s two […]
Adam’s Animal Accentuated
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Sefer Vayikra, often referred to as Sefer Hakohanim because of the preponderance of mitzvoth and details relating to korbanot/sacrifices, actually begins with Hashem’s calling to Moshe with instructions about these sacrifices. However, in these introductory verses, Hashem identifies the bearer of the sacrifice as an adam. […]
Egel Expiation
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein Eileh pekudei/These are the accountings of the Tabernacle, the Mishkan Ha’eidus/Tabernacle of Testimony…” We know that after the sin of the egel hazahav/golden calf, Bnei Yisroel built a Mishkan/Tabernacle so that Hashem’s presence could dwell among them. Is this why it was called Mishkan Ha’eidus/Tabernacle of […]
Prettifications Purified
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein            As soon as Hashem commanded Bnei Yisroel to build a Mishkan/Tabernacle so that Hashem could dwell among us, a building fund was created. No one needed to be assessed a tax, for Bnei Yisroel had such a generous spirit that they brought their donations with […]