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Understanding Uniqueness
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Bamidbar begins appropriately with Hashem’s instructions to Bnei Yisroel on how to set up their camps as they travel through the midbar/desert to the land Hashem has promised them. The instructions are fairly detailed. Not only is each tribe given a specific position […]
Collateral Confirmed
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Hashem has blessed and cursed Bnei Yisroel. He declares He would lay waste to the land and exile the people. But in spite of the sins of Bnei Yisroel that brought about this desolation, Hashem promises, “I will remember My covenant with Jacob and also […]
Galvanizing Gestures
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein The beginning of Parshat Emor deals with laws that are directed at the kohanim, the priests, and  then focus on the even more stringent restrictions on the High Priest. He is called the kohain gadol, the “great”priest who is above his brothers. What constitutes this […]
Nation’s Nemesis
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein The Torah is full of mitzvoth that prohibit us from improper behavior, especially from worshiping strange gods and participating in forbidden relationships. Nevertheless, the Torah here offers a non specific admonition: “Speak to Bnei Yisroel and say to them, ‘I am Hashem your God. Do […]
Envisioning the End
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             After the sacrifices discussed in the previous parsha and the description of which animals are clean and unclean, we come to Parshiot Tazria and Metzorah which explain how a woman regains purity after giving birth, and then continues to set forth the laws of […]
Elevating the Experience
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com.  Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein For the purpose of building the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, Hashem tells Moshe to speak to the people and “let them take for Me a terumah, a portion, from every man whose heart motivates him you shall take My portion.” Rashi, noting the awkward language and […]
Majestic Mandates
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Mishpatim begins with the verse, “Ve’eilah… And these are the ordinances you shall place before them,” and continues with all sorts of torts and laws about monetary obligations. Rashi immediately explains that the letter vov/and at the beginning of the word always connects […]
Riveting Reminders
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein After all the miracles Hashem wrought for Bnei Yisroel in Egypt and after Hashem split the Sea to save Bnei Yisroel and drown the Egyptians, Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, hears of all these wonders, internalizes them, and goes to join up with Bnei Yisroel. He brings […]
Silencing the Supplicant
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. SILENCING THE SUPPLICANT: PARSHAT BESHALACH Shira Smiles shiur – 2017/5777 Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Beshalach continues the saga of Bnei Yisroel’s escape from Egypt. After Bnei Yisroel left, the Egyptians chased after them, eventually trapping Bnei Yisroel between the Egyptian forces behind them and the Red Sea […]
Darkness Deciphered
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Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com. Summary by Channie Koplowitz Stein Parshat Bo relates the last three plagues that Hashem brought upon the Egyptians. One of the most enigmatic of all the plagues was the plague of darkness. The Torah tells us that the darkness “will be tangible/ vayamesh. As properly understood, the plague lasted a […]