Shemini

Are you a man or a mouse???

One of the unkosher birds listed in Parshas Shemini (11:19) is the “Chasida”, the stork. Rashi says that it is called Chasida from the word “Chosid”, pious. Why, Rashi says the reason is that the stork does Chesed with its friends and it shares its food source rather than hoard…

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Shimini: Practical Torah thoughts on Everyday Living

. "All that crawls on the stomach (GACHON - Stomach, in Hebrew) ..............(11:42)

In Kiddushin 30a., it states that the letter "vav" in the word Gachon (stomach) is the very middle letter of the entire Torah. Why was it so essential for the Sages to inform us of this fact? I…

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Kashrus & Silence?

Rashi 11:2 tells us that the reward for Aharon’s silence (and that of others) at the deaths of his two sons was that the portion of the Torah regarding kashrus was told via him also. All of HaShem’s rewards are middah ke’neged middah - the reward matches the deed perfectly.…

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The whole truth

As Rashi makes clear (10:20), Moshe admitted that he had erred in a certain law in our sedra. In Rashi’s words ‘he admitted and was not embarrassed to say that he had not heard this (correct ruling).’ We see from here the tremendous importance of sticking to the truth no…

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Shemini

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Shemini

The Gaon from Vilna, already known as a child prodigy, was challenged when he was six years old to explain the connection between the words: to distinguish between the contaminated and the pure, and between the chaya (creature) that may be eaten and the chaya that may not be eaten…

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Prosecution becoming Defendants

As the opening Rashi tells us, our sedra takes place on the eighth day of the inauguration of the Mishkan. Aharon is instructed to take several sacrifices, among them a calf and goat as sin offerings (9:2-3). What is this sin offering for, and why a calf? Rashi (9:2) tells…

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the song of silence

The climax of the mishkan process, the final day of its inauguration, tales place in our sedra. During that day, Nadav and Avihu, the two sons of Aharon, bring a ketores korban and are killed by a fire sent from HaShem. These were not just normal sons, but were to…

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