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MiMachorat HaShabbat
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Introduction An Enigmatic Phrase Vayikra 23 provides a complete list of the annual festivals.  After opening by commanding the observance of Shabbat, Pesach, and Chag HaMatzot, it turns to describe the Omer offering and the fifty day leading up to the bringing of the Two Loaves (“שתי הלחם”).  In recording the dates of these two offerings […]
Teach Your Children
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As is often the case, the name of this week’s parasha is taken from a word in the very first verse: emor – “speak”. In fact, the act of speech appears three times in this verse: And God said to Moshe: Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: Let none […]
Respect for the Departed is Respect for Life
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And Hashem said to Moshe: Speak unto the priests the sons of Aharon, and say to them: None shall defile himself for the dead among his people; (Sefer VaYikra 21:1) The kohen’s unique status A kohen is distinguished from other Jews. He has exclusive rights and privileges. These include the privilege to serve in the […]
Pesach Sheini
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In this shiur (class) on Pesach Sheini, Mrs. Shira Smiles examines how we can access the message of the day, and how it connects to the fifth week of Sefirat Ha’omer, the week of Hod.
Parshas Emor
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This week’s Sedra deals extensively with various particulars pertaining to the Kedusha of the Kohanim. One of the more striking particulars is the Parsha of Mumim – imperfections. Hashem commands Moshe to instruct Aharon the following: ‘a man who is from your descent in any future generation that will have any blemish should not approach […]