Monthly Archives: March 2016

Existentially Kosher

In this week’s parsha the Torah tells us : Gd spoke to Moshe, to Aron who should say to them. Speak to the Children of Israel telling them these living animals you may eat. Rashi asks why is the Children … Continue reading

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The Right Balance

Wisdom in itself is a great virtue, but there is only a hairsbreadth between wisdom and apostasy. The pious is very close to a fanatical murderer. Generosity alone is a lecher. The integration of all three is a hasid. R. … Continue reading

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Tzav and Future Generations

In Parshat Tzav, the kohen is exhorted to be careful with the bringing of the Olah-burnt offering. Rashi explains that the Kohen is exhorted to be careful, because he does not get any of the sacrificial meat to eat and … Continue reading

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A Shikkerdovid Yom Kippur

There is a famous idea that Purim is “k’yom kipurim” or Purim is like Yom Kippur. The thought is that they are really one day. We know that every Yom Tov is Chazti lachum and Chatzi lashem. Half the day … Continue reading

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Vayikra : Process

In Parshat Vayikra, we learn of the the sacrifices that are brought. The Torah is Chapter 4 talks about the “Chatas” (sin offeing) the Kohen brings if he makes a mistake. The idea ends with the following statement. Pasuk 11-12 … Continue reading

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Jewish Etiquette

Three things one does not give unasked: 1. a shidduch 2. a loan 3.counsel Yiddish Proverb from Spiritual Intimacy by R. Zalman Shachter Shalomi

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Maharal on Purim

Last night the Rabbi M. Prager gave a shiur on the Maharal’s interpretation of the Megila. Rabbi Prager picked up the story after Mordechai tells Esther she must save the Jews and she should not think she will be spared. … Continue reading

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