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Parshat Kedoshim 4
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“You must, every person, fear your mother and father. And my Shabbat you must observe. I am Hashem your G-d.” (VaYikra 19:3) We are obligated to honor and fear our parents. The mitzvah of honor requires that we care for our parents. We must assure that our parents have sustenance, clothing and that their needs […]
Parshat Kedoshim 3
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“Speak to the entire congregation of Bnai Yisrael and say to them, “You shall be holy, for I Hashem you G-d is holy”. (VaYikra 19:2) Hashem commands Moshe to address Bnai Yisrael. Moshe is to command the people to conduct their affairs in holiness. He is to relate this responsibility to the holiness of the […]
Parshat Kedoshim 2
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“And when you reap the harvest of your land do not completely harvest the ends of your field. And do not collect the individual stalks that have fallen. And do not completely pick the grapes of your vineyard. They must be left to the poor person and the convert. I am Hashem your G-d.” (VaYikra […]
Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim 3
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“Do not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling-block before the blind, and you shall fear your G-d: I am Hashem.” (VaYikra 19:14) The passage above prohibits placing a stumbling-block before a blind person. What activity or activities are prohibited by this mitzvah? The Talmud discusses this prohibition in a number of contexts. Maimonides summarizes […]
Parshat Acharei Mot/Kedoshim 1
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“You shall not lie with a man as one lies with a woman, it is an abomination.” (VaYikra 18:22) This week’s parasha outlines the Torah’s prohibition against homosexuality. It is clear from articles that have appeared recently in the local Jewish press that there is a need for clarification of the Torah’s perspective on this […]
Parshat Tazria 2
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“Speak to Bnai Yisrael saying: If a woman conceives and gives birth to a male, she shall be unclean for seven days; as [in] the days of her menstrual flow, she shall be unclean.” (VaYikra 12:2) The parshiyot of Tazria and Metzorah deal with various forms of spiritual impurity. In general, there a two means […]
Parshat Tzav 5
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“And the Kohen shall put on his linen vestments and the linen pants he shall wear over flesh. And he shall lift the ashes of the burnt offering, consumed by the fire, that are on the altar. And he shall place them by the altar.” (VaYikra 6:3) One of the activities that occur each day […]
Parshat Vayikra 5
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“Speak to Bnai Yisrael and say to them the following: When a person from among you offers a sacrifice to Hashem, if it is an animal sacrifice, it should be taken from the cattle or the flocks of sheep or goats.” (VaYikra 1:2) This passage introduces the Torah’s discussion of sacrifices. The midrash offers many […]