Parshas B’Chukosai – Stand Tall

Download as Word Every morning in Birchos Krias Shema, before we accept the yoke of Malchus Shamayim, we say the Bracha of Ahava Rabbah – our attestation of the overwhelming love HaShem has for us. The Bracha begins with a description of the gift of the Torah and the overwhelming love that we received from…

Parshas B’Har – The Portion of the Ger in Eretz Yisroel

Download as Word In this week’s Parsha, (at least in Eretz Yisroel it is B’Har) we discuss the various portions in Eretz Yisroel, and their ownership. The Parsha then segues into ownership of other types of property. Included in this is the ownership of slaves. Within this section we learn about the possibility of purchasing…

Parshas Emor – The Imperfect Cohen

Download as Word This week’s Parsha is a continuation of the theme of Torah Cohanim. The Ramban introduces Sefer VaYikra as the compendium of the Halachos of the Cohanim; this Parsha begins with the Halachos of when Cohanim can and cannot do the Avoda. One of the areas discussed is what physical blemishes render a…

Parshas Kedoshim – Orlah

Download as Word Parshas Kedoshim is introduced as a Parsha which most of the body of the Torah depends on[1]. Within the multitude of Mitzvoth in the Parsha is the Mitzvah of Orlah. That is the commandment to not utilize the fruits of the first three years of the produce of a fruit tree. The…

Parshas Tazria The Complete White

  Download as Word The main focus of these Parshiyos are the Halachos of Tzaras. The Torah discusses the various different types of markings on a person, clothing, and a home that can cause them to become Tameh. But as the Rambam writes[1], these Halachos are completely a Chok. They are not comprehensible in a…

Parshas Shemini – The Last Bracha

Download as Word The beginning of this week’s Parsha is as the name of the Parsha, the Eighth day of the Miluim. Now this is a problem since there are only seven days of Miluim. The eighth day is when Aharon and Moshe both serve as Cohanim[1]. It is the day beyond the Miluim[2]. It…