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Loshon Harah – Stopping the Mindless Chatter
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And the Kohain shall command, and he shall take for the person being purified, two live birds, cedar wood, a thread of purple wool, and hyssop. Vayikrah: 14:4 The holiness of the Jews As Jews, we are commanded to be a holy nation. To help maintain our spiritual level, the Torah provides safeguards to protect […]
Ours Is to Question Why…
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“And Aharon and his sons carried out all the matters that HASHEM commanded through Moshe.” — Vayikra 8:36 After a long and detailed description of the avodah (service) to be done in the Mishkan, the parshah ends by telling us that “Aharon and his sons did as they were told.” Rashi seems to be bothered […]
Things I Do and Things I Don’t Do
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“You shall salt every meal offering with salt;you may not discontinue the salt of your G-d’s covenant from your meal offering; on your every offering you shall offer salt.” — Vayikrah 2:13 The Dos Zakainim explains that the reason every korbon must be brought with salt is to remind us that just as salt is […]
Where Are the Gadolim Today?
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These are the reckonings of the Mishkan, the Mishkan of testimony, which were reckoned at Moshe’s request. (Shemos 38:21) Parshas Pikudei begins with a detailed accounting of all of the gold and silver that was collected for the Mishkan. A cursory reading would lead us to assume that while, of course, a man as great as […]
The Merit of Others
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“And HASHEM spoke to Moshe saying, “Go down, for your nation that you have brought up from Egypt, has sinned”. Shemos 32:7 Moshe Rabbeinu was the single greatest human being who ever lived. The Rambam tells us that of all the navi’im, he alone was able to speak to HASHEM directly. Normally, a prophet must […]
A Diamond with a Flaw
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“You shall place both stones on the shoulder straps of the ephod, remembrance stones for the Children of Israel.”  Shemos 28:12 Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim Moshe was commanded to make garments for the Kohanim. Included in these was the ephod, a piece of clothing similar to an apron, with two […]
The Mercy of Hashem
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“Speak to the Jewish people and they should take to Me trumah; from each man whose heart so motivates him, you should take My trumah.” — Shemos 25:2 The entire Jewish nation — every man, woman, and child — experienced the revelation of HASHEM on Har Sinai. They saw HASHEM as clearly as humans can, […]
The Infinite Love of our Creator
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“When a man steals a cow or a sheep and he slaughters it or sells it, five cows shall he pay for the cow and four sheep in place of the sheep.” – Shemos 21:37 In Parshas Mishpatim, the Torah delineates various prohibitions and punishments. With regard to stealing, we see something unusual. If a […]
Learning to Enjoy this World
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“And He does kindness to thousands of generations, to those who He loves and those who guard His mitzvos.” – Shemos 20:6 In the Aseres HaDibros we are told that HASHEM pays back the wicked for four generations and the righteous for two thousand generations. Rashi explains that the ratio of two thousand to four comes out […]
The Merit of Trusting Hashem
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And HASHEM said to Moshe, “Why shout at Me? Speak to the Jewish People and they should cross. Shemos 14:15 After months of witnessing the hand of HASHEM, the entire Jewish nation — three million strong — marched out from slavery to freedom with flourish and fanfare. Escorted by clouds of glory, walking through a […]