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Confronting Korbanot
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Context With the opening of the book of Vayikra, we enter the world of korbanot. In chapter upon chapter of text, God commands the newly formed Jewish nation, encamped at the foot of Mount Sinai, concerning the rituals that will define the sacrificial rite in the Sanctuary. Questions The very existence of korbanot creates a […]
Haftarah for Vayikra
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Israel did not call upon G-d. Instead, they turned to idols. They didn’t sacrifice to G-d, but to false gods. G-d made it easy to serve Him – a handful of meal, a pinch of frankincense – but they still ignored Him. Instead, they tired Him with their sins. But G-d will erase those sins […]
Parshat Vayikra: The Taryag Mitzvot
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“No meal offering that you sacrifice to the Lord shall be made [out of anything] leavened. For you shall not cause to [go up in] smoke any leavening or any honey, [as] a fire offering to Hashem.” (VaYikra 2:11) The Torah contains six-hundred thirteen commandments. All of the various laws and instructions contained in the […]
The Mishkon
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The Mishkon - A Call For unity of The Jewish People - The latest episode of The Good Vort, presented by Rabbi Yosef Grossman, OU Director of Kosher Education. Recorded live at a OU World Headquarters in NY, NY on March 2, 2011.
On Jewish Character
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Pekudei – 5 March 2011 – 29 Adar 1 5771 Pekudei has sometimes been called the accountant’s parsha, because that is how it begins, with the audited accounts of the money and materials donated to the Sanctuary. It is the Torah’s way of teaching us the need for financial transparency. But beneath the sometimes dry […]