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PARSHAT SHMINI – THE SALE OF JOSEPH, THE GOLDEN CALF AND THE TABERNACLE

Shmini (Leviticus 9-11 ) Vayikra, 9:2-3: “He said, ‘Aaron, Take for yourself a young bull for a sin offering and a ram for an elevation offering – unblemished; and offer them before Hashem. And to the Children of Israel speak as follows: Take a he-goat for a sin-offering, and a calf and a… Read More »PARSHAT SHMINI – THE SALE OF JOSEPH, THE GOLDEN CALF AND THE TABERNACLE

PARSHAT VAYIKRA – THE BOOK OF ESTHER: PROVIDENCE VERSUS CHANCE

Vayikra (Leviticus 1-5 ) One of the recurring themes in the story of Purim is the conflicting ideologies of the Jewish people and Amalek. The Jewish people believe that Divine Providence guides history, nothing is mere ‘coincidence’. In stark contrast, Amalek believe that everything happens by mere chance (mikreh). Rabbi Yaakov Kamenetsky… Read More »PARSHAT VAYIKRA – THE BOOK OF ESTHER: PROVIDENCE VERSUS CHANCE

PARSHAT KI TISA – MORDECHAI: PURE FROM THE IMPURE

Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35 ) Shemot, 30:23: “And you, take for yourself high spices, pure myrrh [mor dror]…”Targum Onkelot, Shemos, 30:23: “…mara dachya…”Talmud, Chullin, 139b: “Where is Mordechai [alluded to] in the Torah? As it says, ‘mor dror’ and it is translated [by the Targum] as mara dachya…” The Talmud asks where the name of Mordechai is alluded to… Read More »PARSHAT KI TISA – MORDECHAI: PURE FROM THE IMPURE

PARSHAT YITRO – TEACHING TORAH EVERYWHERE

Yitro (Exodus 18-20 ) Shemot, 18:27: “And Moshe sent his father-in-law [Yisro] and he went to his land.”Rashi, Shemot, 18:27, Dh: And he went: “To convert his family.” In the Torah Portion named after him, Yitro, Moshe’s father-in-law, visits the Jewish people in the desert and, convinced by the miracles of the Exodus, joins the… Read More »PARSHAT YITRO – TEACHING TORAH EVERYWHERE