The Best and Finest – Parashat Vayikra

The Best and Finest – Parashat Vayikra

“…All fat is to G-d…” – Vayikra 3:16 כָּל חֵלֶב לַה – ויקרא ג, טז When an animal is offered as a sacrifice, its premium fats—the choicest parts of its flesh—are burned on the Altar. The Rambam (Issurei Mizbeiach 7:11) interprets this as a universal principle as well: “The same applies to everything done for the sake of G-d—it must […]

March 30, 2017 at 3:52 PM 0 comments

The Selfless Fuel of Sacrifice

The Selfless Fuel of Sacrifice

“…And if one offers an offering of a Mincha…” – Vayikra 2:1 וְנֶפֶשׁ כִּי תַקְרִיב קָרְבַּן מִנְחָה – ויקרא ב, א The word mincha alone means “a grain-offering,” rendering superfluous the word קרבן, offering, which precedes it in this verse. The Midrash explains that this additional word comes to teach us of another group of offerings that may be donated and […]

March 29, 2017 at 3:09 AM 0 comments

The Pure – Parashat Vayikra

The Pure – Parashat Vayikra

“…Why do schoolchildren begin their learning with Toras Kohanim (the Book of Vayikra) and not with Beraishis? Since the children are pure and the sacrifices are pure, let the pure come and deal with the pure…” – Vayikra Rabbah 7:3 מפני מה מתחילין לתינוקות בתורת כהנים, ואין מתחילין בבראשית? אלא שהתינוקות טהורין והקרבנות טהורין, יבואו טהורין ויתעסקו בטהורין – ויקרא […]

March 28, 2017 at 5:37 AM 0 comments

Parashat Vayikra – What is the sacrifice in my life?

Parashat Vayikra – What is the sacrifice in my life?

In this weeks Parasha we read about the sacrifices that were given on the altar and all the rules that have to do with those commandments. Since we still don’t have the holy temple and can not offer sacrifices, what is the sacrifice we have to give in our generation?   Duration of class: 1:30:02           […]

March 27, 2017 at 8:51 PM 0 comments

Why Korbanos? That’s Why…

Why Korbanos? That’s Why…

“…A man who shall bring from you an offering to G-d…” – Vayikra 1:2 אָדָם כִּי יַקְרִיב מִכֶּם קָרְבָּן לַה’ – ויקרא א, ב The significance that the Torah attributes to animal sacrifice is mystifying. Why would the physical slaughter and burning of an animal be our primary form of Divine worship (see Avos 1:2 and Yerushalmi, Taanis 4:1)? Would […]

March 27, 2017 at 2:51 AM 0 comments

It’s All in the Aleph

It’s All in the Aleph

“…And He called to Moshe…” – Vayikra 1:1 וַיִּקְרָא אֶל משֶׁה – ויקרא א ,א The word ויקרא, and he called, concludes with a paradoxical letter א. The letter’s name, aleph, parallels the word aluf, meaning chieftain—an allusion to G-d, “Chieftain of the universe” (Likkutei Torah, Tazria 23c). (In addition, the letter א used here distinguishes G-d’s communication with Moshe […]

March 26, 2017 at 3:30 AM 0 comments

What Do You Crave? – Parashat Vayikra

What Do You Crave? – Parashat Vayikra

“…But he does not know, he is guilty and shall bear his transgression…” – Vayikra 5:17 וְלֹא יָדַע וְאָשֵׁם וְנָשָׂא עֲוֹנו – ויקרא ה, יז Why is it necessary to atone for transgressions that were committed unknowingly, especially if one is doubtful if he transgressed at all? Chassidus explains that although the actual transgression was not committed intentionally, yet its […]

March 18, 2016 at 5:05 AM 0 comments

Out of Control…. – Parashat Vayikra

Out of Control…. – Parashat Vayikra

“…For the children of Israel are servants to Me; they are My servants, whom I took out of the land of Egypt…” – Vayikra 25:55 לי בני ישראל עבדים עבדי הם אשר הוצאתי אותם מארץ מצרים…- ויקרא כב,נה The Jewish people accepted G-d’s kingship at their own volition,, stating their readiness “to obey” – na’aseh, even before “hearing” and understanding […]

March 17, 2015 at 8:55 PM 0 comments