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This week’s portion contains the mitzvah to confess one’s sins before G-d.
The Torah portion of Bamidbar is always read before Shavuos.
The mitzvah of the sabbatical year allows the land to rest and replenish itself every seven years.
In the parsha of Emor, we learn about many rules of kohanim including that their slaves can eat terumah.
The mitzvah of orla, not eating the fruit of a tree for the first three years has an element which is difficult to understand.
The Kohen Gadol’s special clothing on Yom Kippur was never used again, even on a future Yom Kippur.
Before Moshiach’s coming, says the Talmud, “all governments will turn to heresy.”Why should wholesale moral degradation be a sign of imminent redemption?
When should we expect Moshiach to arrive?
What does it mean to be truly alive?
What does it really mean to make a sacrifice?
This week’s Torah portion contains the prohibition against kindling a fire on Shabbos.
Why were the Ten Commandments given on two tablets?
According to a sketch made by the Rambam, the decorative goblets on the Menorah were upside down.
Why is this name of this portion “Terumah” (lit.
This week’s portion contains the Biblical source for the idea that we should seek medical treatment when in need of healing.
Why does it say that the Jewish people were doing their laundry before the revelation at Sinai?
How do you deal with people and situations that leave a bitter taste in your mouth?
Which takes precedence in Torah—the person or the group?
Hashem told Moshe to deliver his messages to Pharaoh in Hebrew, a language that Pharaoh did not even understand.
What is the most important idea to know in Judaism?
Before his passing, Yaakov asks his son, Yosef, to bury him in Chevron although he did not do the same for Yosef’s mother, Rachel.
“And to his father [Yosef] sent… from the best of Egypt.” Says Rashi: “This is old wine.”
Why did Yosef specifically send his father old wine after twenty-two years of no contact?
Why did Yosef have the same dream twice?
“And [Yosef] asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in prison… ‘Why are your faces sad today?'” (B’reishis 40:7.) How did this seemingly small act of asking two fellow prisoners how they were feeling lead to a massive ripple effect?
Following their dramatic showdown, Yaakov tells Eisav that he will meet him at Mt.
The Torah tell us that Rachel was beautiful but that Leah had “bleary eyes”?
Rashi says that Yitzchak became blind from the smoke of the idolatrous incense of Eisav’s wives.
Rashi tells us of the years of the life of Sarah: “They were all equally good.” Knowing what we know about all of the ups and downs of Sarah’s life, is it really possible to say that all of her years were equally good?
Undoubtedly, one of the most dramatic events in all of the Bible is the Akeida (binding of Yitzchak as a sacrifice.) Yet after this climactic event, this week’s portion continues with five more verses of a seemingly technical nature.
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A piece of essential advice for Jewish parents is hidden in the first Rashi of the Torah portion of Noach.
We often think of raising children in terms of disciplining them and reining them in.