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Korach
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Contents: Yesod Ha’Emunah is Maamad Har Sinai How was it Possible for Korach Va’adaso to Become Kofrim What Led the Nesiim to Join Korach The Root of the Aveirah of Korach Va’adaso Why Didn’t Moshe Daven for Korach Va’adaso 1 – Yesod Ha’Emunah is Maamad Har Sinai The Rambam says in the eighth perek of […]
Parshas Behaaloscha
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וביום שמחתכם ובמועדיכם ובראשי חדשיכם ותקעתם בחצצרות    י:י What is yom simchaschem? There are two opinions in the Sifri. The Tanna Kama says that yom simchaschem is Shabbos. Even though it is clear from Masechtos Shabbos and Beitzah that only on the Shloshah Regalim is there a mitzvah of simchah, but not on Shabbos, […]
Vayikra El Moshe
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ויקרא אל משה…   א:א Parshas Vayikra is, as both Rashi and the Ramban say, a direct continuation of parshas Pekudei; both of which are addressing the day of hakamas ha’Mishkan, when the Mishkan was erected in a permanent sense.  It is the eighth and final day of the miluim.  Although Moshe Rabbeinu assembled and disassembled […]
Parshas Terumah
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1 ועשו ארון   כה:י The Mishna in Maseches Yoma says that there was no Aron Kodesh in the second Beis Ha’Mikdash.  On Yom Kippur, the pan of ketores was put directly on the Even Shesiyah, and the blood of the ox and goat was sprinkled on to the floor, on the area which would have […]
Tetzaveh-Zachor-Purim
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1 – One set of chains or two? ושתי שרשרת      כח:יד Immediately following the description of the eifod is a parsha comprised of three pesukim.  These pesukim talk about the chains that connected the choshen to the shoulder straps of the eifod.  Rashi learns that these chains described in this parsha are the very same […]
Vayakhel-Pekudei
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1 – Morah Shabbos   ביום השביעי יהיה לכם קדש שבת שבתון לה’ לה:ב The Sefer Yereim has a unique opinion that one of the taryag mitzvos is morah Shabbos.  He obviously had that as his girsah in the Gemara when it makes a hekesh between Shabbos and the Mikdash, based on the pasuk in parshas […]
Parshas Ki Sisa
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1 – Lashon Nekiyah The Ramban explains that the expression “machatzis ha’shekel b’shekel ha’kodesh” is to be understood in the context of the Biblical shekel’s status of being employed to establish requisite values for arachin, pidyon ha’ben, the Mishkan, and every monetary value prescribed in the Torah. That, explains the Ramban, is why it is […]
Vayeilech & Yom Kippur
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Contents: It’s always from Hashem Leil Yom Kippur is a plane ride to Shamayim Yom Kippur, the realm of Olam Ha’Bah The importance of learning on motzaei Yom Kippur How one goes back to regular life after Yom Kippur 1 – It’s always from Hashem אמר ביום ההוא הלא על כי אין אלקי בקרבי מצאוני […]
Va´eschanan – Shabbos of Simcha
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In the zemer, Kol mekadeish shevii, we find the expression, “ha´mechakim l´vinyan ariel b´yom Shabbos kodesh sisu v´simchu k´mikablei matan nachliel, those that await the construction of the Beis Ha´Mikdash, on the holy day of Shabbos, rejoice and be happy as those who have received a gift of inheritance from the Almighty.“  An innovative way […]
Parshas Balak
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Uniqueness of “Parshas Bilam”        וישם ה’ דבר בפי בלעם    כג:ה Moshe Rabbeinu wrote his sefer,” says the Gemara in Bava Basra, “and parshas Bilam.”  This seems like quite an enigmatic statement.  After all, what should distinguish “parshas Bilam” from any other part of the Torah?  What is distinct and unique about it? There is a […]