Shemini

The importance of Sin

The pig is called the “Chazir” from the word “Chozer”, return. The Medrash Shochar Tov on Tehilim 146 tells us that in the future when the world becomes complete the pig will chew its cud and become a kosher animal. The Chasam Sofer explains that this is the reason why…

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what's wrong with eating the Chassidah bird?

[heard this short vort from my friend Yoni Sagal]. The Torah says that one of the non-kosher birds is the 'chassidah' (11;19). Rashi there tells us that its name is from the root 'chesed,' for it does kindness with its friends by bringing them food. But if this is such…

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The Truth Behind The Pig

We are told in parshas Shemini about the kosher animals and some examples of non kosher animals. However something doesn't seem right here, we are told about the pig that it is a non kosher animal and yet The Torah goes on to say that it has one of the…

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Same Sin, Different Korban??

On the 8th day of the inauguration of the Mishkan, Yom Shemini L'Miluim, Aaron and the Bnei Yisroel brought special Korbonos. Although Aaron brought an Egel for a Korban Chatos, the Bnei Yisroel brought an Egel for a Korban Olah. Why would the Torah differentiate between the Korban of Aaron…

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the number 8 (short)

The sedra is called shemini; meaning 'the 8th.' The Maharal points out that the number 7 represents the natural world. There are 7 colours in the spectrum (rainbow) and 7 days of the week - representing filling the dimensions of time and space of our natural world. And the number…

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Fins and Scales?

We can learn deep meanings from everything that is written in the Torah. What can we learn from the criteria that make a fish kosher - ie. fins and scales? Rav Kuppitz shlit"a explains that the FINS cause the fish to swim in the right direction and guide its path…

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