Achrei Mos

No change

In an ostensibly irrelevant pasuk (16:34) regarding the Yom Kippur service, we are told that Aharon ‘did just as HaShem had commanded Moshe.’ Why does the Torah need to tell us this? Rashi points out that this pasuk is singing the praises of Aharon, who did exactly as he was…

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On your own

On my own Rav Pinkus used to borrow a pasuk from our sedra (16:17) to answer an age-old Shabbos question. In the pre-Kiddush shalom Aleichem sing-song, we end off by telling the angels to ‘go in peace.’ Now this doesn’t seem to be pleasant etiquette at all - we have…

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ACHAREI MOS/KEDOSHIM : True Closeness

At the beginning of this weeks double parsha, Hashem places a serious restraint on Aarons’ access to the innermost and by definition most spiritually intense, point of the Mishkan. The reason given for this restraining order of sorts is that Hashems’ Presence will reside permanently at this innermost point and…

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climb a little higher

The Torah says in vayikra 18:14 "My ordinances you shall do, and My statutes you shall observe, to walk with them, I am the Lord, Your God."
What does the Torah mean "to walk with them?"

The Ksav Sofer, commented that the words "to walk with them" mean…

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Pure Intentions

For on this day (Yom Kippur) He will forgive you, to purify you; that you will be purified from all your sins before God (VaYikra 16:30).
Why is the purification mentioned twice? On the one hand, "to purify you" implies that God actively does the purifying; whereas "you will be…

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JEWISH SURVIVAL

In the first of this week’s two parshiot, the pasuk states:- "You shall observe my statutes and my laws so that a person may do them and live by them" (18:5). Nachmanidies comments on this that this refers specifically to those Mitzvot which are bein adom l’chaveiro, between man and…

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Achrei Mos

When the Torah says that the Cohen Gadol worked for forgiveness of himself, his family and of the nation as a whole (16:17) why does he not just work on forgiveness for everyone, which would include clearly himself and his family? The answer is before we think about fixing the…

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