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3 Critical Encounters in the Yosef Story
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Yosef’s first encounter with his brothers for the first time after 22 years. The encounter between Yosef’s brothers and Pharaoh and the way Yosef engineers that meeting. The encounter between Yaakov and Pharaoh – a meeting between two cultures, between two worlds. Download the Mekorot Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 3, 2019 (27 Adar […]
A Non-Sin Offering
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What does the word טומאה mean? What is the relationship between טומאה and holiness (why can’t someone who is טמא interact with that which is holy)? Why does the Torah compare נדה and the טומאה of childbirth – they are opposites! Why should she have to bring a sin offering or require atonement? The most […]
The Sacrifices of Childbirth
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Covenant and Conversation Family Edition on OU Life At the start of this parsha is a cluster of laws that challenged and puzzled the commentators. They concern a woman who has just given birth. If she gives birth to a son, she is “unclean for seven days, just as she is unclean during her monthly […]
Tazria Hachodesh 5779
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Lubavitcher Rebbe tz”l: How is Tazria a fitting title for the parsha – the majority of the parsha discusses the Metzora! What is the connection between childbirth and a metzora? ציצין שאינם מעכבין and the parameters of hidur mitzvah. Is מילה a continuous mitzvah or a one-time mitzvah? Rashi says that if at the end […]
Tazria 5779
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The laws that relate to purity/impurity of man follow those of animals as was the order during creation. Maskil L’Dovid: Why does Rashi (and Rav Simlai) feel that the order is in need of explanation (Rashi doesn’t always explain the סמיכות הפרשיות)? Why does he save this question for the beginning of Tazria rather than […]
Tzoraas and the Kohen; Examining the Metzora
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Tzoraas and the Kohen אָדָם כִּי יִהְיֶה בְעוֹר בְּשָׂרוֹ… לְנֶגַע צָרָעַת וְהוּבָא אֶל אַהֲרֹן הַכֹּהֵן אוֹ אֶל אַחַד מִבָּנָיו הַכֹּהֲנִים If a person will on the skin of his flesh… an affliction of tzoraas, he shall be brought to Aharon the Kohen, or to one of his sons the kohanim. (13:2) Why is the treatment […]
It’s All About the Birds, Part 4 (Berachos 11-15)
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The birds mentioned in Parshat Shemini and Parshat Re’eh correspond to the brachot in Shemoneh Esrei. Shmuel says that he never had kavana during the Amidah until he focused on the bird that corresponds to each bracha. Brachot 11-15 (Hashiva, V’Lamalshinim, Al HaTzadikim, Bonei Yerushalayim, Et Tzemach David). Download the Mekorot Shiur provided courtesy of Torah […]