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A Simple Task, a Menial Task? A Mitzvah
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A simple, even mundane task – a chore!  We take care of such a task often begrudgingly, sometimes unconsciously, occasionally with annoyance.  Such a task so often takes us away from the important things we must do, doesn’t it? Doing the dishes, making the bed, sweeping the floors, changing diapers, taking out the garbage… oh […]
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 […]
The Sin Offering
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Vayikra is about sacrifices, and though these laws have been inoperative for almost 2000 years since the destruction of the Temple, the moral principles they embody are still challenging. One set of sacrifices, set out in detail in this week’s sedra, warrants particular attention: chattat, the ‘sin offering’. Four different cases are considered: the anointed […]