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when is Pesach?!

There is an interesting and important machlokes between Rashi and the Chizkuni in our sedra regarding when the festival that we call ‘Pesach’ starts. The strict reading of 23:5-6 would have us believe that ‘Pesach’ is actually a one-day festival on the 14th Nissan, and the next seven days welcome…

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your calling

The introduction to the perek-long listing of the various festivals tells us that ‘these are the Mo’adim of HaShem which you shall call ‘holy callings…’’ (23:2). What does it mean to ‘call’ a festival? The Rashbam explains that this ‘calling’ means that we must fix the times of the Mo’ed.…

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If you only knew your greatness?

EMOR "And there went out the son of an Israelite woman, and he was the son of an Egyptian man, among the children of Israel..."(24:10)

Rashi comments in the name of Rabbi Levi, From where did he go out? (The language of "going out" seems to be obscure. Thus…

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Parashas Emor – Sanctification or Desecration... You Choose

Parashas Emor – Sanctification or Desecration... You Choose
This week's Parasha is Emor in which we continue our 'holy' theme from the latter of our double parasha last week which was of course Kedoshim. Whereas Kedoshim dealt mainly with the commandments that the entire nation should strive to become holy…

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COUNTDOWN!

Included in its discussion of the Yomtovim throughout the year, this week's parsha lists the mitzvah of Sefirat HaOmer, to count the days and weeks from the second day of Passover until Shavuot. Let us raise a question on the nature of this mitzvah in which we are presently involved.…

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Beyon all realms of possibility!

 

 

 

Towards the end of this week's Parsha, we read about the heinous cursing of Hashem perpetrated by a Jew in the Israelite camp.

What follows is a series of laws - blasphemy is punishable by death through stoning, a murderer shall be put to death, and damage…

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Lulav before Sukkos?!

The Netziv (32:43) quite correctly asks why, when our sedra speaks about the festival of Sukkos, does it put the mitzvah of the 4 minim ('species') before the mitzvah of sitting in the sukkah? Given that the festival is named after the mitzvah of sitting in the sukkah (and a…

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