Parshas Shemini – Aharon’s Charata

Download as Word This week’s Parsha begins with the final and eighth day of the dedication of the Mishkan and the investiture of Aharon and his sons as Cohanim. This was preceded at the end of the previous Parsha with the description of the seven days of Miluim. The relationship between those seven days and…

Purim – The Emes of the Megilah

Download as Word When Klal Yisroel vanquish their enemies a spontaneous celebration erupts. The Megilah describes that they had a feast, celebrated, and gave gifts to their friends[1]. Before the next Purim, Mordechai and Esther wrote the Megilah[2] which described the Hand of Hashem in the all the events. They then commanded them to fulfill…

Download as Word One of the first things Rashi teaches us about a Korban is that it cannot be brought from a stolen animal. Rashi[1] brings a Midrash which derives this idea from the use of the word Adam. Just as Adam did not bring from something stolen since all was his, so too you…

Parshas Pekudei – The Missing Shekalim

Download as Word Parshas Pekudei begins with an accounting of the various materials that were collected for the Mishkan and how they were used. The Midrash recounts a fascinating part of what took place[1]. When Moshe examined the amount of silver collected and the amount that was used, there was a discrepancy. The silver which…

Parshas VaYakhel – The Mirrors

Download as Word The Parshiyos of VaYakhel and Pikudei are a restating of construction of the Mishkan. The first telling we are commanded on the construction. Here we are taught about the actual building. In the context of the donation, we learn that the Kiyor of copper, the place where the Cohanim wash their hands prior…