Parshas Bechukosai – Yakov and Eliyahu

Download as Word At the end of Tochcha in Parshas Bechukosai, there is the Nechama after the description of all the punishment that will take place[1]. HaShem will remember the Avos, and Eretz Yisroel, and will be our God. In that Pasuk of Nechama, the name of Yakov is spelled in an unusual way. Yakov…

Parshas Emor – The Unique Status of Aharon

Download Word At the end of this Parsha the Halachos of the Menorah and the Shulchan are reiterated.  The Mefarshim discuss the reason why, but the Seforno raises an interesting idea. To completely understand it, we need to clarify an idea in the Halachos of the Avoda of Yom Kippur. At the beginning of Acharei…

Parshas Kedoshim – The Many Mitzvoth of Kedoshim

Download as Word Parshas Kedoshim is blessed with an abundance of Mitzvoth. In the Midrash, there are two opinions[1], whether there are sixty or seventy Mitzvoth in the Parsha. The difference is whether the Mitzvoth of incorrect relationships are part of the total. Since they were already learned in the previous Parsha, the question is…

Parshas Acharei Mos – Angel And Devil Cake

Download as Word Parshas Acharei Mos begins with the Avoda of Yom Kippur. It then discusses the prohibition of bringing a Korban outside of the Mishkon. The Pasuk says[1] this is so they do not continue to bring the Korbanos to the Seirim in the fields outside the Bais HaMikdosh. What are these Seirim, and…

Pesach – Crossing the River Ginai

Download as Word The Gemarra in Chulin (7a) tells a fascinating incident: Rabbi Pincḥas ben Ya’ir was going to engage in the redemption of captives, and he encountered the Ginai River. He said to the river: Ginai, part your water for me and I will pass through you. The river said to him: You are…

The Straits of Egypt

Download as Word Soaring as Eagles Every Oved HaShem faces the battle to overcome this world, and reach a world of Ruchniyus. He finds himself trapped in the narrow constricted physical world, and wants to soar beyond. In the words of the RA”Y Kook ZT”L[1] (not that I claim to be a student), “You have…