Sheepish Bread

Sheepish Bread

“…And the kohen shall wave them with the bread of the first-fruits for a wave-offering before g-d, with the two lambs…” – Vayikra 23:20 וְהֵנִיף הַכֹּהֵן אֹתָם עַל לֶחֶם הַבִּכֻּרִים תְּנוּפָה לִפְנֵי ה’ עַל שְׁנֵי כְּבָשִׂים – ויקרא כג, כ The shtei halechem is a wheat flour offering brought in the Beis Hamikdash on the holiday of Shavuos. Two loaves of bread […]

May 20, 2016 at 9:54 AM 0 comments

Animals First

Animals First

“…You must bring an omer, the beginning of your harvest, to the kohen… You shall not eat bread or parched grain or fresh grain, until this day…” – Vayikra 23:10-14 וַהֲבֵאתֶם אֶת עֹמֶר רֵאשִׁית קְצִירְכֶם אֶל הַכֹּהֵן . . וְלֶחֶם וְקָלִי וְכַרְמֶל לֹא תֹאכְלוּ עַד עֶצֶם הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה – ויקרא כג, י-יד The Omer is an offering of barley flour […]

May 19, 2016 at 3:28 PM 0 comments

The Ultimate Kiddush Hashem

The Ultimate Kiddush Hashem

“…I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel…” – Vayikra 22:32 וְנִקְדַּשְׁתִּי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל – ויקרא כב, לב The Torah’s directive to cause G-d to be sanctified teaches us the obligation of mesirus nefesh, meaning, that in certain situations we must sacrifice even our lives in order not to disobey G-d’s commands. For when a Jew exhibits his […]

May 18, 2016 at 12:46 PM 0 comments

Self Sacrifice with a Capital S

Self Sacrifice with a Capital S

“…I shall be sanctified amidst the children of Israel…” – Vayikra 22:32 וְנִקְדַּשְׁתִּי בְּתוֹךְ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל – ויקרא כב, לב The Torah’s directive to cause G-d to be sanctified teaches us the obligation of mesirus nefesh, meaning, that in certain situations we must sacrifice even our lives in order not to disobey G-d’s commands. For when a Jew exhibits his […]

May 17, 2016 at 9:56 PM 0 comments

Slave Rights

Slave Rights

“…No non-kohen may eat holy things… But if a kohen acquires a person, as a monetary acquisition, he may eat of it…” – Vayikra 22:10-11 וְכָל זָר לֹא יֹאכַל קֹדֶשׁ . . וְכֹהֵן כִּי יִקְנֶה נֶפֶשׁ קִנְיַן כַּסְפּוֹ הוּא יֹאכַל בּוֹ – ויקרא כב, י-יא The Sages taught that one may not derive benefit from this world without first reciting […]

May 16, 2016 at 3:22 AM 0 comments

Warn and Shine

Warn and Shine

“…Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: Let none [of you] defile himself for a dead person…” – Vayikra 21:1 אֱמֹר אֶל הַכֹּהֲנִים בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם לְנֶפֶשׁ לֹא יִטַּמָּא – ויקרא כא, א The words “Speak to the kohanim…and say to them” seem repetitive. Having instructed Moshe to “speak to the kohanim” about the […]

May 15, 2016 at 2:02 AM 0 comments