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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 […]
Parshat Vayikra 3
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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) Much of Sefer VaYikra deals with the laws regulating sacrifices. The idea […]
Parshat Vayechi: Yosef’s Double Portion
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“And I give you an additional portion, beyond your brothers, that I captured from the Amorite with my sword and bow.” (Beresheit 48:22) In this passage, Yaakov reiterates that Yosef’s descendants will receive a double portion of the land of Israel. Yaakov describes this portion as the land that he captured from the Amorite with […]
Parshat Vayechi: The Time of Rebuke
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“And he said, “Swear to me.” And he swore to him. And Yisrael bowed towards the head of the bed. (Beresheit 47:31) Yaakov realizes that he is approaching death. He summons his son Yosef. He asks Yosef to assure him that he will return him to the land of Israel for burial. Yosef agrees. Yaakov […]
Parshat Vayechi: The Inheritance of Shevet Leyve
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“Zevulun will settle by the seashores and he shall be at the ships’ harbor. His border shall extend to Sidon. Yissachar is a strong-boned donkey. He rests between the burdens.” (Beresheit 49:13-14) Yaakov addresses his sons before his death. He rebukes or blesses his various children. As is evident from the above pesukim, his message […]
Parshat Vayigash 5
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“Yosef could hold in his emotions. Since all his attendants were present, he cried out, “Have everyone leave my presence!” Thus no one else was with him when Yosef revealed himself to his brothers.” (Bersheit 45:1) He commands his servants and ministers to leave him. He is prepared to reveal himself to his brothers. Why […]
Parshat Pekidei 4
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“And these are the accounts of the Mishcan — the Tabernacle of the Testimony – that were calculated by Moshe. It was the service of the Leveyim under the authority of Itamar the son of Ahron the Kohen.” (Shemot 38:21) This pasuk introduces Parshat Pekudey. The parasha provides an account of the materials donated for […]