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Naso 5778
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Divrei Mordechai: Why is this Parsha called Naso, meaning “lifting up”? Rav Zevin: The message of Isru Chag and its connection to Naso. Bnei Yissaschar: Why the Torah repeats how many Leviim there are after listing the number from each family? The leadership-jealousy connection as the theme of the Parsha. Why does Moshe have to […]
Lifting Heads
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The word Naso that gives its name to this week’s parsha is a verb of an extraordinary range of meanings, among them: to lift, to carry, and to forgive. Here though, and elsewhere in the wilderness years, it is used, in conjunction with the phrase et rosh (“the head”) to mean “to count.” This is an odd way of […]
Uniformity and Uniqueness
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One of the interesting paradoxes of human life is our tendency to copy one another and to try to “fit in" with friends and acquaintances, while simultaneously trying to be distinct from others, and to be our “own person."
Naso 5778
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The Torah indicates Nezirut is finite; why doesn’t it tell us the duration outright? What does the 30-days default duration for nezirut teach us about the purpose of Nezirut? Why does the Torah refer to him as a Nazir even after he finishes his nezirut? How does refraining from contact with a corpse relate to […]
Lessons from the Nazirite
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And this is the law of the Nazirite, when the days of his Nazirite vow are fulfilled: He shall bring himself to the door of the Ohel Mo’ed.  (Sefer BeMidbar 6:13) [1] The laws of the Nazirite Parshat Naso describes the mitzvah of the Nazir – the Nazirite.  The Nazir is a person who takes a […]
Listen to Your Messages
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“Speak to the Jewish Nation and say to them, ‘If a man or woman makes a vow to separate as a nazir to Hashem.” – Bamidbar 6:2 The Connection between the Sotah and the Nazir If a man suspects his wife of infidelity, he is to bring witnesses and warn her not to go into […]
The Nazir
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כֹּל יְמֵי נִזְרוֹ קָדֹשׁ הוּא לַה’ All the days of his nezirus he is holy to Hashem (6:8) The Goal of Nezirus One of the mitzvos discussed in our Parsha is Nazir, the person who abstains from certain activities in order to distance himself from sin and attain a higher level of closeness to Hashem. […]
Each Like the Whole of Creation
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 “Here’s the difference between us,” explains the Israeli prime minister. “We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians, and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles.” – Charles Krauthammer “Take a census of all the congregation of Israel…”  This pasuk from Parashat Bamidbar, “s’eu et rosh” is regularly translated as “counting” or “taking a census.”  […]
Shimshon: A Message for All Time
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What is the more profound connection between Parshat Naso and its haftarah other than the Nazir-Shimshon connection? Is being a Nazir good or bad? The answers lies in the selection of Shimshon’s story as the haftarah. Download the mekorot here Delivered at the OU Israel Center, 8 Sivan  5778 (May 22, 2018) This Shiur is […]