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Terumah 5778
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ועשו לי מקדש ושכנתי בתוכם כה:ח        There is a mitzvah to build a Mikdash, an abode, as it were, for the Shechinah. The Rambam, in Sefer Hamitzvos (mitzvah 20), describes the mitzvah as follows: “We are commanded to build a house of worship in which there will be sacrifices and a constantly-burning fire, and [will serve […]
Parshas Mishpatim
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Parshas Mishpatim is the second week of reading about Matan Torah. It is therefore fitting to continue with this theme, particularly regarding the exalted nature of learning Torah, and with a specific focus on the endeavor of persevering in one’s Torah learning through trying times. As a starting point, consider the commentary of the Netziv […]
Parshas Yisro
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The fact that Yisro and Mishpatim – two of the parshiyos in the Torah that describe Matan Torah (the giving of the Torah on Sinai) – are read in the middle of the winter is quite advantageous. It affords us the opportunity to reassess our commitment to the mandates of the Torah well before the Yomtov […]
Parshas Vayeira
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כי ידעתיו    יח:יט           The Ramban explains this expression to be referring to the personal care and concern of hashgachas Hashem for those who are great tzaddikim. Generally speaking, explains the Ramban, Hashem’s hashgacha in the lower realm of this world pertains only to the major categories of life in the world (in other words, preservation […]
Shavuos
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א-נ-כ-י The Gemara in Maseches Shabbos says an example of notrikon is the word Anochi.  Anochi stands for Anah nafshi kesivas yehavis.  Rashi explains that anah nafshi means ani b’atzmi, that Hashem is saying I myself wrote and gave the Torah. The Chasam Sofer in his drashos for Rosh Ha’Shana says a vort.  He brings […]
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 […]