Parshah Potpourri

A Pseudo-Blemish

U’ba asher lo habayis v’higid laKohen leimor k’nega nir’ah li babayis (Vayikra 14:35) Parashas Metzora contains the laws governing tzaraas that afflicts a person’s house. If a person discovers an…

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The Key to Shemiras Halashon

Adam ki yihyeh b’or besaro se’is o sapachas o baheres v’haya b’or besaro l’nega tzaraas (Vayikra 13:2) Parashas Tazria and Parashas Metzora primarily focus on tzaraas — the various forms…

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What Did Elazar and Isamar Do Wrong?

Vayiktsof al Elazar v’al Isamar bnei Aharon hanosarim (Shemini 10:16) After the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, Moshe Rabbeinu commanded Aharon and his surviving sons Elazar and Isamar to continue…

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Who Brings a Korban Minchah?

V’nefesh ki sakriv korban minchah l’Hashem (Vayikra 2:1) Parashas Vayikra introduces us to the various offerings that were offered in the Mishkan, one of which was the korban minchah (meal-offering).…

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Beis Yisrael — The Foundation of Klal Yisrael

Ki anan Hashem al haMishkan yomam v’eish tihyeh laylah bo l’einei chol Beis Yisrael b’chol maseihem (Shemos 40:38) The book of Shemos concludes by recording that the Mishkan was covered…

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Was There Enough — Or Too Much?

V’hamlachah haysa dayam l’chol hamlachah la’asos osah v’hoser (Shemos 36:7) There seems to be an internal inconsistency in our verse that a number of commentators grapple with. The Torah says…

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How Do the 13 Middos Work?

Vaya’avor Hashem al panav vayikra (Shemos 34:6) In the aftermath of the Sin of the Golden Calf, Moshe asked Hashem to show him “His glory.” The Torah records that Hashem…

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Why Is Moshe’s Name Missing?

V’Atah Tetzaveh (Shemos 27:20) The Baal HaTurim points out that from the birth of Moshe in Parashas Shemos until his death in Parashas V’Zos Habrachah, this week’s parashah is the…

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Mesirus Nefesh and Eternality

V’asisa es hakerashim l’Mishkan atzei shittim omdim (Shemos 26:15) Parashas Terumah introduces us to the Mishkan that Hashem commanded the Jewish people to build as a resting place for the…

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Goring Oxen and Marriage

V’chi yigof shor ish es shor rei’eihu (Shemos 21:35) In Parashas Mishpatim, the Torah discusses the laws governing damage caused by a person’s animals. In the event that a man’s…

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Yisro and Kabbalas HaTorah

Vayesaper Moshe l’chosno es kol asher asa Hashem l’Faroh ule’Mitzrayim (Shemos 18:8). Parashas Yisro contains the narrative of the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which cemented our relationship…

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The Greatness of Krias Yam Suf

Vayasa Moshe es Yisrael miYam Suf (Shemos 15:22) At the end of the Maggid section of the Haggadah there is a dispute regarding the total number of plagues that befell…

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An Amazing Story About Matzos Mehudaros

U’shemartem es hamatzos (Shemos 12:17) Throughout the generations Jews have placed special emphasis on the matzos they procure and consume for Pesach, and great Rabbanim have many stringencies and hiddurim…

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Bikurim and Parashas Vayeira

Vayedaber Moshe kein el b’nei Yisrael v’lo sham’u el Moshe mikotzer ruach ume’avodah kashah (Shemos 6:9) Parashas Vayeira opens with Hashem responding to Moshe’s concerns by reassuring him that his…

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I’ll Do It, But Only With Hesitation

Shelach na b’yad tishlach (Shemos 4:13) When Hashem appeared to Moshe Rabbeinu at the burning bush and commanded him to return to Egypt to free the Jews from slavery, Moshe…

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What Kind of Brachah Is That?

Vayevarech osam ish asher k’virchaso berach osam (Bereishis 49:28) Just before his death, Yaakov gathered his sons together one last time to charge them with continuing his spiritual legacy. In…

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The Connection Between Yehudah and Binyamin

Ki avdecha arev es ha’naar (Bereishis 44:32) The Gemara in Sanhedrin (111b) quotes a disagreement between Rabi Yochanan and Reish Lakish regarding the rules of dividing Eretz Yisrael among the…

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Chanukah: What Are We Celebrating?

The Mishnah (Machshirin 6:4) teaches that there are seven liquids that render an object susceptible to becoming spiritually impure: dew, water, wine, oil, blood, milk and bee honey. Harav Yisroel…

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What’s Wrong With Relaxing?

Vayeishev Yaakov b’eretz megurei aviv b’eretz Canaan (Bereishis 37:1) After emerging triumphant from his struggles against Lavan and Esav, Yaakov returned to live in Canaan, his homeland. Rashi notes that…

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Avraham, Yaakov and the Eruv

Vayavo Yaakov shaleim ir Shechem asher b’eretz Canaan b’vo’o miPadan Aram vayichan es p’nei ha’ir (Bereishis 33:18) After Yaakov successfully placated his irate brother Esav, he traveled first to Sukkos…

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