Parshas Tzav – Moshe’s White Chaluk

Download as Word The end of this week’s Parsha is about the investment of Aharon and his sons into the Kehuna. It was a process made up of two parts. There were the first seven days of Miluim, Moshe did the all the Avoda, but not Aharon and his sons since they were not yet…

Parshas VaYikra – Melikah

Download as Word At the beginning of this week’s Parsha we learn the basic Halachos of Korbanos. Every Korban from a living being begins with the taking of the Korban’s life. But there is a difference between animals and birds. Whereas animals are Shechted with all the attendant Halachos that are similar to regular Shchita,…

Parshas Ki Tisa – The Wealth of the Luchos

When HaShem has accepted the Teshuva of the Jewish people for the sin of the Eigel, He then commands Moshe to prepare for the second giving of the Torah. There are a number of major differences. The second Matan Torah is done quietly, B’Tznius, as opposed to the first one which was with thunder and…

Purim – The Geirus in the Time of Mordechai

Go to Word One of the most beloved (at least for children, if not for their mothers) customs of Purim is the wearing of costumes. There are numerous explanations, but we will try to explain here a novel explanation as proposed by Rav Shlomo Alkavetz in the Menos HaLevi, and also by the Sfas Emes.…

Parshas Terumah – The Tachash

Download as Word One of the thirteen materials from which the Mishkan was made was the skin of the Tachash[1]. Chazal teach us that certain items only existed only at the time of Moshe, specifically for the purpose of being used for the Mishkan. One was the Shittim wood for the Kerashim, and the other…