Parshah Potpourri

The Mishkan and Marriage

Vayehi b’yom kalos Moshe l’hakim es haMishkan (Bamidbar 7:1) Parashas Naso introduces the offerings of the leaders of the Shevatim by recording that after all the hard work and preparation,…

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Preparing for the Judgment of Shavuos

It is well known that the Gemara (Rosh Hashanah 16b) teaches that every person is judged during the 10-day period from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur. What is not as…

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Is Galus a Punishment?

V’eschem ezareh bagoyim v’harikosi achareichem cherev v’haysa artzechem shemama v’areichem yihyu charba (Vayikra 26:33) Parashas Bechukosai is commonly referred to as a parashah of tochachah — rebuke. After discussing the…

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To Be an Eved Hashem

Ki li Bnei Yisrael avadim; avadei hem asher hotzeisi osam me’Eretz Mitzrayim. Ani Hashem Elokeichem (Vayikra 25:55). At the end of Parashas Behar, Hashem declares that “the Children of Israel…

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Sefiras HaOmer Insights

Usfartem lachem mimacharas haShabbos miyom haviachem es omer hatenufah sheva shabbasos temimos tihyenah (Vayikra 23:15) Parashas Emor contains the mitzvah of Sefiras HaOmer — counting the Omer. During each successive…

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How to Love Every Jew Like Ourselves

V’ahavta l’rei’acha kamocha Ani Hashem (Vayikra 19:18) The Torah commands us to love other Jews as we love ourselves, a mitzvah known as ahavas Yisrael. The Ramban points out that…

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The Mitzvah of Being Alive

U’shemartem es chukosai v’es mishpatai asher ya’aseh osam ha’adam v’chai bahem ani Hashem (18:5) In Parashas Acharei Mos, we are commanded to guard Hashem’s decrees and laws and live through…

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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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