Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Tazria-Metzora (She Bears Seed-Infected One) TORAH READING Leviticus 12:1 – 15:33 HAFTARAH II Kings 7:3 – 7:20 In the Torah portion Tazria, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy. In Metzora, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with … Continue reading Parashat Tazria-Metzora

The Omer Counting Period

The period of the counting of the Omer is exalted indeed and filled with sanctity, as the Ramban writes in his commentary on Parashat Emor that the days between the holidays of Pesach and Shavuot, i.e. the Omer counting period, retain the sanctity of Chol Ha’Moedand are not days of national tragedy and mourning like the Three Weeks between the Seventeenth of Tammuz and the … Continue reading The Omer Counting Period


Closeness to HashemChapter NineteenT he Prohibition of Anger The gemarah and the Zohar deal very severely with theprohibition of becoming angry – see Nedarim 22 and Pesachim66, and that which is brought in sha’arei Kedusha, part 2:sha’ar4, in the name of the Zohar – there is no place here to elaboratefurther. It is written in the book ‘Sha’ar Ruach Hakodesh’ of HaravChaim Vital in the … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON’S 19-21

Parsha Tzav

Ramban TZAV’ (COMMAND) AARON. In the [preceding] section of Vayikra, Scripture stated, Speak unto the children of Israel,1 for there He gave the command about the bringing of the offerings, and it is upon the Israelites to bring them. But here He states, Command Aaron and his sons,2 for He now speaks of the rites of the offerings and these are performed by the priests. … Continue reading Parsha Tzav


C loseness to H ashemC hapter E ighteenT he P rohibition of H aughtiness In the Nefesh Hachaim in the additional chapters betweensha’ar 3 and sha’ar 4, he writes [adapted], “You the reader, hereis your guidance, with Hashem’s help, in the ways of truth, toshow you the way that you should safely go. You will then beable to slowly rise through the aforementioned levels, accordingto … Continue reading DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 18

Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

Torah Reading: Parashat Vayikra Leviticus 1:1-5:26 AND G-D SPOKE TO HIM FROM THE TENT OF MEETING The last five pariahs of the Book of Exodus explained the form of the Sanctuary and its vessels, and Exodus concluded with an account of how the completed Sanctuary was finally erected by Moses on the 1st of Nissan, almost one year after the Exodus from Egypt. With the … Continue reading Parashat Vayikra / פרשת ויקרא

Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – Chapter 140: The Order of the Four Parshiyos

1The Shabbos before Rosh Chodesh Adar that is closest to the month of Nisan, is [called] Shabbos, Parashas Shekalim. If Rosh Chodesh occurs on Shabbos, then that Shabbos is Parashas Shekalim. We take out three sifrei Torah. We call six persons to the first seifer Torah, for the reading of the weekly portion. In the second seifer Torah we call a seventh person for the … Continue reading Kitzur Shulchan Aruch – Chapter 140: The Order of the Four Parshiyos


“Now Yeshua stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, ‘Are You the King of the Jews?’ Yeshua said to him, ‘It is as you say.’” Matthew 27:11 Introduction Last week we saw how Matthew was written to reveal the continuity of the Promise of a Seed. The redemptive identity begins early in Matthew – Messiah is “Son of David.” He is King Messiah, … Continue reading LESSON TWO: MATTHEW PART 2