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Parshat Kedoshim: Honor for Our Parents
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Honor for and Awe of Our Parents Every person should fear his mother and father and keep my Shabbat. I am Hashem your G-d. (VaYikra 19:3) The Torah commands us to treat our parents with respect and awe. Parents especially appreciate these commandments. They create a family structure and foster a social order. Our Sages […]
Parshat Acharei Mot: Yom HaKipurim
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Yom Kipur and community harmony For on this day you will have your sins atoned so that you will be cleansed. Before Hashem you will be cleansed from all your sins. (VaYikra 16:30) Parshat Acharey Mot discusses the Temple service of Yom HaKipurim. Our passage explains that observance of Yom HaKipurim atones for the sins […]
Parshat Metzora: Biography Become Biography
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Miriam, Moshe’s sister, received leprosy for speaking ill of Moshe. From this the midrash derives that leprosy, is a punishment for the sin of lashon hara, speaking ill of others. The meaning of this punishment is that the evil in one’s soul is physically manifested. This punishment is therapeutic as it forces the sinner to […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Tazria-Metzorah
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Parshat Tazria-Metzorah To read more articles and essays by Rabbi Weinreb, visit his blog at www.ou.org/rabbi_weinreb. (Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is the Executive Vice President Emeritus of the Orthodox Union) “The Knave” It was a year when the holidays fell on the same days of the week as they do this year. The first day […]