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Milah Forty Years Later: The Day We Really Left Mitzrayim
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Yehoshua’s father Nun, was the son of Elishama ben Amihud the Nasi of Ephraim. Yehoshua began propesizing right after the mourning period for Moshe. The Haftarah mentions discusses the mass circumcision and the first Korban Pesach offered in Eretz Yisrael. After milah Hashem tells Yehoshua that today Hashem removed the disgrace of Egypt from them […]
The Power of Speech
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life As we saw in Parshat Tazria, the Sages identify tzara’at – the condition that affects human skin, the fabric of garments, and the walls of a house – not as an illness but as a punishment, and not for any sin but for one specific sin, that […]
Metzorah: Miserly Marner
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I no longer remember the name of my ninth-grade teacher of English literature. But I do remember well one of his important lessons. He taught us that there are many great works of literature that are misunderstood. These are books which are commonly thought to be concerned with one specific theme but are really about […]
Remove the Orlah
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“וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו” Everything in this world needs a tikun (fixing) to bring it to it’s intended state. Mankind needs this tikun as well via מילה. Why does an 8-day-old infant need a tikun? Provided courtesy of rabbisilber.com
The Metzora’s Chatas – A Unique Korban
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וְעָשָׂה הַכֹּהֵן אֶת הַחַטָּאת וְכִפֶּר עַל הַמִּטַּהֵר מִטֻּמְאָתוֹ The Kohen shall perform the sin-offering service, and atone for the person being purified from his impurity (14:19) Attention to Detail The final phrase of our pasuk – “for the person being purified from his impurity” – seems somewhat repetitive; after all, purity is the opposite of […]
The Treasure Within: Affliction and Grace
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Can there be grace in affliction? It seems odd to even pose the question. Affliction is, well, affliction. It is, by definition, unsettling, and agonizing. An affliction is not merely misfortune, for misfortune can land on any one of us at any time; misfortune and responding to it is woven into the fabric of being […]
Traveling Through the Temple: King vs. Am Ha’aretz
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The route the king takes through the Beit HaMikdash vs. the path taken by the rest of the people as described by Yechezkel mirrors the difference between a Talmid Chacham and an unlearned person. Why do the people exit through a different gate whereas the king exits using the same gate through which he came? […]