Parshas BaMidbar – the Unique Census of the Leviim

Download as Word Sefer Bamidbar begins with a census of Klal Yisrael. This is not the first census that is taken. Rashi lists[1] three times that they have been counted. First when we left Mitzrayim. Then after the Eigel, to see how many remain after the punishment. And now, when the Shechina is to rest…

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…