Parshas Behaalosecho

Last week’s column in this MaaserText series focused on the standard instructions for separating maaser. This week Rabbi Y.M. Gutttentag looks at cases in which the instructions must be slightly modified.

Parshas Nasso

Having looked last week at the principles behind the mitzvos of Terumos and Maasros, this week’s MaaserText article focuses on the simple and streamlined instructions which have been designed for the separation of Maaser.

Parshas Bamidbor – Shavuos

Fruit and vegetables grown in Eretz Yisroel are special and holy, and until they have been tithed are “Tevel” and may not be eaten. These unique mitzvos can only be carried out fully with all their relevant details in the times of the Beis Hamikdosh, although they are nonetheless still relevant in the post- Churban period.

Parshas Behar-Bechukosai

In spite of the incredible opportunity this presents, the Torah commands in this week’s parsha (Vayikra 25:36-37), ‘You shall not take from him interest or increase, and you shall fear your G-d, and let your brother live with you. You shall not give him your money with interest, nor shall you give your food with increase.’ Simply put, we are commanded not to take interest on loans.

Parshas Emor

Understanding the 50th day in relation to counting the Omer Have you ever noticed something that was once completely out of your reach but you are now doing effortlessly? Have you ever found that a book that was completely beyond your comprehension you are now teaching to your children with ease?

Book review Edmonton Federation Cemetery – Jewish Tribune

Edmonton Federation Cemetery- Rebbetzin Aviva Landau-published by the Federation of Synagogues. By Eli Kienwald. All cemeteries are hallowed places. A feeling of foreboding and a subconscious fear pervade visitors when they are made starkly aware of the finality of life, of the existence of another world that they cannot see, and of the presence of ancestors who still possess social agency. Perhaps these feelings are mediated somewhat by the realisation that our moral obligations towards the departed are what differentiates humans from the animal world. This creates a continuum between the dead and the living and establishes a bond that is one of the basic tenets of our social structure. The dead cannot bury themselves.
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