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Tetzaveh 5779
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Tetzaveh is the only parsha after Moshe’s birth where he is not mentioned by name since it falls out right around his yahrtzeit. Oznaim L’Torah: Why is that a reason to leave his name out of the parsha? The connection between Moshe’s name and the mnemonic for Tetzaveh (מיכאל). Why is Moshe commanded that the […]
Hashem and Man: Master and Servant 
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“The Kohain shall don a garment of linen, and he shall don linen breeches on his skin, and he shall remove the ashes.” — Vayikra 6:3 One of the daily activities in the Mishkan was taking out the ashes. The Chovos Ha’Levavos explains that Hashem commanded Aaron to do this action each day “to lower […]
The Mishkan: An Analysis of a Shiur by Rav Soloveitchik
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We make brachot whenever we derive benefit from this world. When do we make a bracha on life itself! According to Rav Joseph B. Soloveitchik we redeem ourselves by emulating God: והלכת בדרכיו. God doesn’t expect anything from us that He doesn’t do Himself. God is everywhere (מלא כל הארץ כבודו). When God created this […]
Packing up Your Mishkan
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Why does the Torah goes out of its way to detail all the materials used in constructing the Mishkan – the Mishkan was only temporary! Just as the Mishkan was portable, we are meant to seek out Hashem wherever we go; we should always be searching out Hashem: איה מקום כבודו. Seeking Hashem is not […]
The Tzitz and the Bnei Yisrael
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וְעָשִׂיתָ צִּיץ זָהָב טָהוֹר וּפִתַּחְתָּ עָלָיו… קֹדֶשׁ לַה’ You shall make a tzitz (headplate) of pure gold, and you shall engrave upon it… “Holy to Hashem” (28:36) The pasuk does not specify exactly what is “Holy to Hashem”. Does this refer to the tzitz itself? If so, in what way is the tzitz more “holy […]
Clothes Make the Man
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My interest in the relationship between a person and his or her clothing goes back to my early days in graduate school. I was taking a course on human personality, under the tutelage of a remarkably insightful and erudite woman, Dr. Mary Henle. I was so enthusiastic about the courses that I took with her […]
Elaborate Entering and Exiting
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 Shiur provided courtesy of Naaleh.com Adapted by Channie Koplowitz Stein             Parshat Tetzaveh presents us with the specific wardrobe the kohein gadol wore in the performance of his service. The robe the kohein gadol wore was embellished with bells and pomegranates all around the hem. “Its sound shall be heard when he enters the Sanctuary before […]
Meet Chiram, King of Tyre, and the Universe he Created
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“וה’ נתן חכמה לשלמה כאשר דבר לו ויהי שלם בין חירם ובין שלמה ויכרתו ברית שניהם” What does it mean that God gave wisdom to Shlomo like he told him (to)? What is the connection between Hashem giving wisdom to Shlomo and the treaty between Shlomo and Chiram? Download the Mekorot Shiur provided courtesy of Torah […]
The Purpose of the Mishkan
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Parshat Terumah begins a series of parshiyot focused on the construction and inauguration of the Mishkan, the tabernacle that traveled with the Jewish people for 497 years until King Solomon built the Temple in Jerusalem.  While the Torah tells us in great details how to build the Mishkan, there is not much emphasis in the […]