Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim / פרשת אחרי מות־קדשים

The Value of Reverence Parshas Acharei Mos Kedoshim 1. The Value of ReverenceThe Torah states, “Every man: your father and mother shall you revere. My Sabbaths shall you observe – I am Hashem, your G’d.” Rashi cites the Gemara, which explains that there is a Torah obligation to revere one’s parents, therefore one may think…

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…

TO LOVE THE TORAH 2

Chapter 2 E v e r y m o m e n l e a r n in g T o r a h s t r e n g t h e n s a J e w ‘ s r e l a t i o n s h i p w i…

Parashat Shmini

Shemini Atzeret is translated as the Eighth Day of the Assembly. It’s sort of strange that there’s an eighth day of the assembly, given that Sukkot is a week-long feast, but in the very passage that dictates there are seven days of Sukkot, we see God also mandating the eighth day: “For seven days you…

TO LOVE THE TORAH 1

TO LOVE THE TORAHChapter 1Gemara Nowadays there seem to be many young students who find that learning Gemara does not attract them as it should. Judging by the ones with whom 1 am personally acquainted, 1 am convinced that it is not in any way because they dislike mitzvos, or are not interested in learning…

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…

DIVREY YA’AKOV LESSON’S 19-21

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…

LESSON FOUR: JOHN PART 1

“I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;…

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…

DIVREY YA’AKOV Lesson 18

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…

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,…

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…