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 select one of the...

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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 provided...

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CHUKAS

The mystery of the Poro Adumah (Red Heifer) defeated even King Solomon whose wisdom was renowned as beyond comparison. The Ashes of the Heifer were used to purify those impure through contact with a corpse. Yet the same ashes contaminated the purifier and required him...

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PARASHAT BAMIDBAR

In the Sedra of Bamidbar the Jewish people are introduced to the concept of Flags. Chpt 2. Vs.1 " G-d spoke to Moshe and Aaron saying each individual will camp round the Tabernacle by their flag upon which will be the device of their father's house." The signs on the...

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Devorim

The sedra starts by saying...... These are the words which Moshe spoke to all Israel over the Jordan River in the desert on the plain opposite Suf between Poron and between Toful and Lovon and Chatzeiros, and Di Zohov. Eleven days from Chorev, the way of the mountain...

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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 the Torah was written by...

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KI SISA

During the middle ages, it was commonly believed that Jews killed Christian babies to use their blood for the making of Matzo. In that period the population of Europe was halved by the "Black Death"... Bubonic Plague. The disease was carried by rats who were infested...

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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 a meal...

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KI SOVO

In the Sedra in Chapter 26 Verse 16 it says…. "Today HaShem your G-d commands you to do all these statutes and all the Judgements and you will guard and do them with all your heart and with all your soul." The obvious question focuses on the first word, "Today." Was...

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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 the...

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