Emor

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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Emor

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A funny title for a sedra?!?

Parshas Emor; It’s not What you Said, But the Way you Said It!
A sedra is named after its first significant word. Therefore, the sedra Korach is not entitled by its first word ‘vayikach,’ nor is parshas Ki Sisa entitled ‘vayedaber,’ because these two words are relatively common and are…

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Pesach the 2nd Shabbos??

The Pasuk that commands us to count Sefiras HaOmer (VaYikra 23:15) says “U’Sfartem Lachem MiMochoros HaShabbos”; you should begin your count the day after Shabbos.
Chazal teach us that this doesn’t mean after Shabbos but rather after the first day of Pesach. If so why does the Torah say MiMochoros…

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The Double Loshon of Emor: Rav Moshe Feinstein

The Possuk says "ויאמר ה אל-משה, אמר אל-הכהנים בני אהרן" - "And Hashem spoke to Moshe saying: Speak to the Cohanim..."
I heard the following vort in a shiur by Rav Ginsburg (Michlala Sem and Netiv Aryeh Yeshiva)
He brings and idea from Rav Moshe Feinstein; Rav Moshe asks the…

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Keep Fresh Just like the Lechem Haponim!!

Towards the end of Parshas Emor the Torah commands us to bake the Lechem HaPanim and set them up on the Shulchan, inside the Bais HaMikdash. Reish Lakish says (Minachos 29a) that on the Shalosh Regalim they would pick up the Shulchan say “Ri’u Chibaschem Lifnei HaMakom”; look how beloved…

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Live up to the Stature of your Parents!

"If the daughter of a man who is a Kohen will be defiled through having illicit relations, she has disgraced her father and should be burned." Rashi explains, "She has disgraced the honor of her father. People will say - Cursed be the one who fathered and raised this child."…

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