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Derasha Parshat Metzora

04/21/2024 12:00:00 AM


On the Halacha side, we like to give practical guidance.  We’ve spoken about restrictions on work during the afternoon on Erev Pesach, and about the amounts needed for Matza and wine at the Seder.  

This year I want to explain one of the most basic questions about Pesach, which is the nature of the prohibition on Chometz.  The practical question is one I get every year: When we are selling...Read more...

Derasha Parshat Pekudei

03/19/2024 12:00:00 AM


We know that there are many parallels between the building of the Mishkan and the story of Creation.  There are language parallels, and hints in the description of the vessels used in the Mishkan.  The interplay between the Mishkan and Shabbat tells us that as well.  Hashem rested from the Creation on the seventh day and we rested from the Mishkan on the seventh day.  In all, there are seven descriptions of the...Read more...

Derasha Parshat Vayakhel

03/12/2024 12:00:00 AM


When it comes to making the actual Mishkan, there are two components the Parasha emphasizes as essential.  They point in what seems to be opposite directions -- one is about the group and the other is about individuals.  But both are essential.

First, for the only time in the Torah, Moshe is described as gathering the people together.  This verb is never used any other time.  They must come...Read more...

Derasha Parshat Ki Tisa

03/05/2024 12:00:00 AM


R’ Chaim Eisen spoke several times in the area during the week.  In one of the high schools, he spoke about the famous disagreement between Rashi and the Ramban about the relationship of the Mishkan to the sin of the Golden Calf.  According to the Ramban, the placement of the Golden Calf in our Parasha makes sense,  The Mishkan has been planned already, it was part of the divine plan from the beginning.  But...Read more...

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