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…

Parshas MeTzora – The Variable Korban

Download as Word In these Parshiyot we learn about an unusual type of Korban. It is called in the Mishnah a Korban Oleh V‘Yored; a Korban that ascends and descends. This is a type of Korban that has various manifestations. A wealthy individual brings one variant of this Korban, and someone who cannot afford that…

Parshas Tazria – Four Tzara’as and Four Kingdoms

לעילוי נשמת זכריה שלום בן יונה הי”ד I apologize for the brevity, since last night I went to be חולק כבוד אחרון after 37 years to Zecharya Baumel ZT”L. May this learning be a Zechus for his Neshama. Through the years as B”H I and my wife were Zoche to travel through the stages of…