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Sometimes we learn something and we think we understand it. We even teach what we learn and some of those we teach it to corroborate that they’ve learned the same thing from others. Years go by and then we read or hear a related thought and a light bulb goes on in our heads and we question how we assumed we understood all along.
We read at the very beginning of this week’s portion that after a woman gives birth to a boy, we are commanded to circumcise the boy on the eighth day. The rabbis comment on the verse and explain that we must circumcise on the eighth day even if it is the Shabbat. In essence the day of the Brit Milah, the eighth day pushes even the Shabbat, the seventh day.
We discussed the concepts of seven and eight. HaRamban
On the very day that the dedication of the Temple took place, Nadav and Avihu, the two noble sons of Aaron the High Priest, suddenly perished. The Torah describes the reaction of Aaron simply as “Vayidom Aaron” - meaning that Aaron remained silent. The term which is normally used for silence is Vayishtak, the Torah however, chooses the word Vayidom, which means an inanimate object, to teach us that although we are often able to control our emotions, our facial expressions betray our feelings
Mother always told us to think before we do.
The early parshiot of the book of Vayikra – Leviticus deal primarily with the sacrifices offered in the Mishkan and later the Temple. Many rabbis when faced with giving a speech or class of sacrifices breathe a sigh of relief because these portions often fall during the weeks of Shabbat HaGadol and Passover when one can replac the talk on the weekly portion with thoughts related to the time period we find ourselves in. Even in a leap year, these
This week's parsha contains the tragic event of the death of Aharon's two oldest sons. At the height of the joy of the dedication of the Mishkan, Nadav and Avihu were consumed by a 'foreign fire' which came down from Hashem and killed them.
The Talmud says [Eruvin 63a] "Aharon's sons did not die until they issued a halachic ruling before Moshe their teacher". There are different interpretations among the Sages exactly what Nadav and Avihu did to warrant this terrible punishment. One of the
The book of Leviticus begins with the words, Vayikra El Moshe - He called to Moses.
The commentaries wonder why the Torah does not specify who called to Moses, but instead use the ambiguous terminology of "He called to Moses". The Netivot Shalom offered a novel explanation for this.
The Torah, he states, is informing us that Hashem calls out to every person through the events that happen to him or her during his or her lifetime. In every situation in which a person finds himself, he can