Monthly Archives: March 2015

Shabbat HaGadol/Parashat Tzav 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–Taking Out the Trash Is a Good Thing

This week’s Parasha continues its discussion of sacrifice rituals. Leviticus 6:3-5 contains a tiny, but monumental detail of Temple practice. It is called terumat ha-deshen. Every morning the kohen was to remove the ashes from the previous day’s sacrifices from … Continue reading

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Parshat Vayikra 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–What is a Korban? Why do we call it a sacrifice?

In Vayikra, we leave the narrative stories of B’raysheet and Shemot and now enter the third of our Chamisha Chumshei Torah for a detailed recitation of the rituals of the sacrifices and the laws of the priestly class—thus the name … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parah: Parshiyot Vayakhel & Pekudei 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–The Gifts Women Bring

This is Shabbat Mevarchim for Chodesh Nissan, blessing the coming month and Shabbat Chazak as we conclude the reading of the Book of Exodus. It is also Shabbat Parah. To translate, that means we are getting closer and closer to … Continue reading

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Parashat Ki Tisa 5775–Shabbat Torah Study—Praying in a Cloud

This week’s Parasha contains the difficult to understand sin of the golden calf. It contains the destruction of the First Tablets on which God inscribed the 10 Commandments. Most important, however, and perhaps less explicable is that God replaced the … Continue reading

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