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Parshas Vaeschanan
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Why Va’eschanan Follows Tisha B’Av      Just as explanations are given as to why it is that parshas Devarim always immediately precedes Tisha B’Av, so too must there be a reason why it is that Va’eschanan always follows Tisha B’Av. Rav Simcha Bunim Mi’Peshischa said that it is because Va’eschanan contains the Aseres Ha’Dibros which, as Rashi cites from Rav Saadya Gaon, contain the entire Torah. Because Klal Yisrael is not […]
Parshas Matos-Masei
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כל דבר אשר יבא באש תעבירו באש…   לא:כג The Ramban asks, why is it that this issue of hechsher keilim only arose now by milchemes Midyan?  Why wasn’t it addressed by the conquest of Sichon and Og, wherein there was quite a lot of spoils of war? The Gemara learns out from “batim m’lei’im kol tuv” that during war it is mutar to eat maachalos asuros.  The Rambam holds that […]
Parshas Balak
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בלעם בן בעור  כב:ה The Mishna in Avos (5:19) says that one has an “ayin tovah, ruach nemuchah, and nefesh shfeilah” is amongst the talmidim of Avraham avinu, and one who has an “ayin raah, ruach gevohah, and nefesh rechavah” is amongst the talmidim of Bilam ha’rasha. The question is, we don’t find any mention anywhere of Bilam having had any educational institutions? Rather, what this means is that […]
Parshas Tzav
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ושמו אצל המזבח   ו:ג This pasuk is describing the mitzvah of terumas ha’deshen, the daily removal of ashes from the mizbeiach and placing them on the floor right next to it.  The Gemara in Pesachim (26a) says that we also learn from this pasuk that the ashes remain assur b’hanaah.  It is prohibited to derive […]
Parshas Emor
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אך אל הפרכת לא יבא  כא:כג Rashi explains that these words – which forbid a kohen who is a baal mum (has a disqualifying physical blemish) from approaching the paroches – are referring to an approach that includes avodah (service). So, according to Rashi, there is no prohibition on a kohen baal mum from entering […]
Parshas Korach
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בארצם לא תנחל וחלק לא יהיה לך בתוכם    יח:כ The Rambam counts two separate lavin (based on the Sifri): that Shevet Levi is not allowed to take a nachalah (portion of the land), and that Shevet Levi is not allowed to take from the bizah (spoils) as the land is being conquered (Sefer Ha’Mitzvos, Lav […]
Parshas Shelach
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ונהי בעינינו כחגבים יג:לג In the Midbar, miraculous divine guidance was a constant. If someone would do an aveirah, the punishment would be immediate. All the more so when someone would do a mitzvah. The bracha that it would bring about was immediate, and as correlatingly clear as could possibly be. Once Klal Yisrael entered […]
Parshas Beha’aloscha
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בהעלתך את הנרות   ח:ב            Tosafos (Menachos 86a) brings an argument between Rashi and the Riva regarding how to understand the statement that the middle ner (candle/light) of the menorah was “the one with which the lighting would begin and end”. According to the Riva, the other six neiros were doused and the cups were […]
Parshas Naso
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והשביע הכהן את האשה…ואמרה האשה אמן אמן    ה:כא-כב When it comes to becoming bound by a shvuah (oath) by dint of answering amen to someone else’s utterance of the shvuah, the Rambam makes a point to say that even if the one who uttered the shvuah was a non-Jew or a child, the shvuah is […]
Parshas Bechukosai
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וכל מעשר הארץ…  כז:ל Regarding the fulfillment of a mitzvah, one needs to be aware if the mitzvah he is doing is d’Rabbanan or d’Oraysah (Rabbnicially mandated or Biblically mandated). If, when carrying out a mitzvah d’Oraysah, one mistakenly thinks that it is only d’Rabbanan, and he consciously intends to fulfill a mitzvah d’Rabbanan with […]