April 17, 2018

At the start of the parasha of Tazria, Rashi comments that this sedra contains the laws of tumah and taharah (“impurity and purity”) as they apply to people, whereas last week’s seder covered tumah and taharah regarding animals. This, he says (quoting Rav Simlai in the...

March 18, 2018

The meal-offering which the High Priest is commanded to offer twice each day is described as having the volume of "a tenth of an ephah [approximately 2.3 litres]. . . half in the morning and half in the evening" (Leviticus 6:13). The Torah does not say "a twentieth of...

March 10, 2018

Why do we need sacrifices? This is the question most commonly asked when studying the sedra of Vayikra today. The types of offerings detailed in the sedra – animals slaughtered and presented on the temple altar to G-d and even the various types of meal-offerings – seem...

March 3, 2018

It was the most remarkable fundraising event in Jewish history.

Not only was the collection of materials for the construction of the Tabernacle – the portable Temple that accompanied the Jews in the desert – the first ever fundraiser, it was the only one ever to be judg...

February 28, 2018

Rav Shimshon Rafael Hirsch observes that Moshe first destroyed the Golden Calf, and only then turned to Aharon with the question "what did the people do to you that you brought on them this great sin" (Shemot 32:21). By grinding the calf into dust, Moshe had demonstrat...

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