CHAYEI SORA

After the death of Sarah, Abraham is faced according to Rabbeinu Yona¬†with the tenth test, the acquiring of the cave of Machpela. Even according to all other opinions who state that the binding of Isaac was the last test, Abraham’s encounter with Efron still...

ACHAREI MOS/KEDOSHIM

The Sedra of Acharei Mos talks about the two goats that played a crucial role in the Yom Kippur service. Both are presented before the tent containing the Holy Ark as ” Chatosim ” ( sin offerings ) to HaShem. Aaron or his successors then draw lots to...

ZOS HA BROCHO AND BREISHIS

The Aznayim L’Torahsays that for a blessing to succeed there are four ideal conditions. Firstly the person giving the blessing must love the person who receives it. Secondly the person giving the blessing should be a Tzadik (saint). Thirdly the person receiving...

PARASHAT EMOR

The Sedra of Emor introduces the mitzvah of the Omer. What is an Omer ? Rashi points out that an Omer is a measurement, an amount , exactly one tenth of an Ephah. No I wouldn’t do that to you……an Ephah is about 2 quarts which is the usual amount for...

PARASHAT BEHAR B’CHUKOTAI

The Sedra of Behar introduces the Mitzvah of ” Shmita” , that the land of Israel should lie fallow in a seven year cycle. The second verse says ” When you come into the land which I am giving you then the land shall keep a Shabbos to G-d ” As...

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