Timing

Timing

“…I will give your rains in their time…” – Vayikra 26:4 וְנָתַתִּי גִשְׁמֵיכֶם בְּעִתָּם – ויקרא כו, ד In Parshas Bechukosai, G-d declares that if the Jewish people will observe His commandments and follow His statutes —meaning, they will “toil in the study of Torah” (Rashi) — they will be blessed with prosperity, peace and security, and they will multiply and flourish. […]

May 17, 2017 at 12:13 PM 0 comments

When the Going Gets Tough

When the Going Gets Tough

“…If you go in My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them…” – Vayikra 26:3 אִם בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת מִצְוֹתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם – ויקרא כו, ג Rashi wonders about the meaning of the phrase, “If you go in my statutes.” Considering that mitzvah observance is stipulated by the next phrase in the verse, “and observe My commandments,” what […]

May 17, 2017 at 2:19 AM 0 comments

Give Me Your Tired

Give Me Your Tired

“…And if you should say, “What will we eat in the seventh year? We will not sow, and we will not gather in our produce!” I will command My blessing for you in the sixth year, and it will yield produce for three years…” – Vayikra 25:20-21 וְכִי תֹאמְרוּ מַה נֹּאכַל בַּשָּׁנָה הַשְּׁבִיעִת הֵן לֹא נִזְרָע וְלֹא נֶאֱסֹף אֶת תְּבוּאָתֵנוּ: […]

May 14, 2017 at 1:57 AM 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 9, 2017 at 9:56 PM 0 comments

Parashat Emor – All it takes is a little respect

Parashat Emor – All it takes is a little respect

To build a healthy relationship is required to not only have love for your fellow friend but also the minimum of respect for one and other. Rabbi Anava addresses this issue in depth Duration of class: 47:29              

May 7, 2017 at 11:33 PM 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 7, 2017 at 2:02 AM 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 6, 2017 at 3:22 AM 0 comments

Love in Two Dimensions

Love in Two Dimensions

“…You should love your fellow as yourself…” – Vayikra 19:18 וְאָהַבְתָּ לְרֵעֲךָ כָּמוֹךָ – ויקרא יט, יח There are two well-known sayings of the Sages regarding the mitzvah to love your fellow Jew. Rabbi Akiva said, “You shall love your fellow as yourself” — This is a fundamental principle of the Torah” (Sifra, Vayikra 19:18). Meaning, that this mitzvah is the […]

May 5, 2017 at 10:05 AM 0 comments

The Power of Judging Favorably

The Power of Judging Favorably

“…You shall judge your fellow with righteousness…” – Vayikra 19:15 בְּצֶדֶק תִּשְׁפֹּט עֲמִיתֶךָ – ויקרא יט, טו This verse commands us to judge people justly and righteously. In addition, Rashi suggests that this verse can be interpreted (not in the legal sense, but) as instructing us, “Judge your friend toward the scale of merit,” meaning, to judge other people favorably. Generally, […]

May 4, 2017 at 9:18 AM 0 comments

Kiruv 101

Kiruv 101

“…Speak to the entire congregation of Bnei Yisrael, and say to them, ‘You shall be holy, for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy’…” – Vayikra 19:2 דַּבֵּר אֶל כָּל עֲדַת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם קְדשִׁים תִּהְיוּ כִּי קָדוֹשׁ אֲנִי ה’ אֱלֹקֵיכֶם – ויקרא יט, ב Rashi notes that G-d instructed Moshe to teach this passage to “the entire congregation of […]

May 3, 2017 at 2:15 AM 0 comments

Total Makeover

Total Makeover

“…And he shall remove the linen garments that he had worn when he came into the Holy, and there he shall leave them…” – Vayikra 16:23 וּפָשַׁט אֶת בִּגְדֵי הַבָּד אֲשֶׁר לָבַשׁ בְּבֹאוֹ אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ וְהִנִּיחָם שָׁם – ויקרא טז, כג On the words “and there he shall leave them,” Rashi comments that the Yom Kippur garments of the Kohen […]

May 2, 2017 at 3:33 AM 0 comments

The Insincere Vidui

The Insincere Vidui

“…And he shall confess upon it all the willful transgressions of Bnei Yisrael…” – Vayikra 16:21 וְהִתְוַדָּה עָלָיו אֶת כָּל עֲוֹנֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל – ויקרא טז, כא One of the essential components of the Yom Kippur service – the Kohen Gadol’s as well as the individual’s – is Vidui, to confess one’s sins verbally before G-d, asking for His forgiveness. […]

May 1, 2017 at 2:00 AM 0 comments

Homeward Bound

Homeward Bound

“…And he will initiate atonement for himself and for his household….” – Vayikra 16:6 וְכִפֶּר בַּעֲדוֹ וּבְעַד בֵּיתוֹ – ויקרא טז, ו One of the integral components of the Kohen Gadol’s service on Yom Kippur was the bull offering, the blood of which he sprinkled in the Kodesh Hakadashim, the Holy of Holies, to atone “for himself and for his household.” […]

April 30, 2017 at 8:37 AM 0 comments

Treasure Land

Treasure Land

“…When you come to the land of canaan… and i will place a lesion of Tzora’as upon a house in the land of your possession…” – Vayikra 14:34 כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן . . וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת בְּבֵית אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם – ויקרא יד, לד When tzora’as appeared on a person’s skin, its initial and most obvious effect was the impurity […]

April 27, 2017 at 10:35 PM 0 comments

Keeping Your Head Underwater

Keeping Your Head Underwater

“…He must immerse all his flesh in water – Vayikra 15:16 וְרָחַץ בַּמַּיִם אֶת כָּל בְּשָׂרוֹ – ויקרא טו, טז The Torah’s laws concerning ritual impurities and their means of purification are in the category of chukim, divine decrees that transcend any reason or understanding. Nevertheless, writes the Rambam, there is an important lesson in character development hinted by one of […]

April 26, 2017 at 9:21 AM 0 comments

Skin Deep

Skin Deep

“…This shall be the law of the Metzora, on the day of his purification…” – Vayikra 14:2 זֹאת תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת הַמְּצֹרָע בְּיוֹם טָהֳרָתוֹ – ויקרא יד, ב The Talmud (Sanhedrin 98a) records a conversation between Eliyahu Hanavi and R’ Yehoshua ben Levi regarding the whereabouts of Moshiach. Eliyahu tells R’ Yehoshua that Moshiach can be found at the entrance to […]

April 25, 2017 at 11:46 PM 0 comments

Preventive Medicine

Preventive Medicine

“…All the days the lesion is upon him… he shall dwell in isolation; his dwelling is outside the camp…” Vayika 13:46 כָּל יְמֵי אֲשֶׁר הַנֶּגַע בּוֹ . . בָּדָד יֵשֵׁב מִחוּץ לַמַּחֲנֶה מוֹשָׁבוֹ – ויקרא יג, מו The impurity of a metzora, a person afflicted with tzora’as,is unusually severe in that a metzora’s mere entry into a home conveys impurity […]

April 24, 2017 at 10:13 PM 0 comments

The Qualified Judge

The Qualified Judge

“…It is a lesion of Tzora’as; when the kohen sees it, he shall pronounce him unclean…” – Vayikra 13:3 נֶגַע צָרַעַת הוּא וְרָאָהוּ הַכֹּהֵן וְטִמֵּא אֹתוֹ – ויקרא יג, ג A person afflicted with tzora’as can only be deemed pure or impure by a kohen. “If the kohen present does not know how to assess the skin discolorations [to determine […]

April 23, 2017 at 8:10 PM 0 comments

Drawing Down vs. Drawing Up

Drawing Down vs. Drawing Up

“…And it was on the eighth day… And Moshe said, “This is what G-d has commanded that you do, and the glory of G-d will appear to you…” – Vayikra 9:1-6 וַיְהִי בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי . . וַיֹּאמֶר משֶׁה זֶה הַדָּבָר אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה ה’ תַּעֲשׂוּ וְיֵרָא אֲלֵיכֶם כְּבוֹד ה’ – ויקרא ט, א-ו The Zohar compares Moshe and Aharon to shushvinin, […]

April 21, 2017 at 3:42 AM 0 comments

A Fish’s Tale

A Fish’s Tale

“…The owl, the shalach, and the little owl…” – Vayikra 11:17   וְאֶת הַכּוֹס וְאֶת הַשָּׁלָךְ וְאֶת הַיַּנְשׁוּף – ויקרא יא, יז   Rashi comments regarding the identity of the shalach bird, “Our rabbis explained that it draws up fish from the sea.” This reflects the name shalach, similar to the Hebrew word for drawing out, sholeh, indicating that the […]

April 20, 2017 at 2:19 AM 0 comments