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Where were Bnei Yisroel?

In this week’s parshah the first ever chilul Shabbos is committed. The possuk (15,32) tells us that “Bnei Yisroel were in the desert, and they found a man mekoshesh eitzimon Shabbos”. Why does the possuk start off by reminding us of the Bnei Yisroel’s whereabouts – we know full well…

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Kalev and the 3 Giants

 

While the spies were on their way to Eretz Yisroel, the possuk tells us that one of them, Kalev, makes a detour to Chevron. Rashi tells us he did this to pray at the forefather’s graves that he should not be badly influenced by the rest of the spies.…

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Wow, it looks like the sea!

The pasuk tells us that the techeiles string on the tzitzis is central to the reminding function of the tzitzis. How? For the gemarra (Menachos 43b, cited by the Ibn Ezra here 15:38) writes that the techeiles colour is to remind us of the sea, which, in turn reminds us…

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Tzitzis; the reminder before mobile phones!

You’ll notice that twice in the psukim which deal with tzitzis does it say that the tzitzis are so that we remember HaShem’s mitzvos. In perek 15 pasuk 39 the words are ‘and you’ll see it (the tzitzis) and remember all the mitzvos of HaShem,’ whilst the very next pasuk…

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Paperweight measures

One of the claims the spies made upon returning back to base was that the inhabitants of Eretz Yisrael were ‘anshei middos’ (13:32), which is normally translated as ‘of giant proportions,’ I.e. they were giants. However, Rav Eliyahu Lopian is said to have explained this spies claim in the following…

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