Parshas Korach

The Sefas Emes utilises a cryptic comment of the Zohar to explain the inner meaning of the Machlokes of Korach. The Zohar Hakadosh explains that Korach was aiming to fight ‘Shabbos & Sholom’ His argument was designed to wreck the unity and harmony of Creation itself. The architect of his demise had therefore to be Creation itself. ואם

Parshas Shelach Lecho

In this week’s MaaserText article, Rabbi Josh Bennett explains how the MaaserText system has been configured, making use of automation and even a purpose-built app.

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?

Parshas Acharei Mos – Kedoshim

Chazal tell us that the mitzvah of קדושים תהיו was said at a gathering of all Klal Yisrael. Perhaps one can suggest that the significance of this context, is to explain the environment

Parshas Tazria-Metzoroh

The famous story is told in the Midrash (Vayikra Rabbah) about a pedlar who travelled around the neighbourhood of Tzippori, offering for sale the elixir of life. From his study, Rebbi Yanai heard the pedlar proclaiming: מאן בעי סם חיים “who wants the potion for eternal life? Rebbi Yanai asked him for a sample. The pedlar refused saying “People like you do not need it”. After much importuning however, he consented to show it R’Yannai. He took out a book of Psalms and, opening it, pointed to the text: מי האיש החפץ חיים ... נצור לשונך מרע ... סור מרע וגו’ “Who is the man who desires life?... guard your tongue from evil…” on seeing this R’Yannai exclaimed: כל ימי הייתי קורא פסוק זה ולא הייתי יודע היכן הוא פשוט עד שבא רוכל זה והודיע מי האיש החפץ חיים “All my years I have read this verse without knowing the simple explanation of the words, and now this pedlar has shown me their meaning.”

Parshas Shemini

The above interpretation needs clarification. Nadav and Avihu brought a Korbon when they weren’t commanded to. How can the Ohr HaChaim say it was not a punishment? They made what seems an obvious mistake; they brought an Aish Zorah - an alien fire, as the Passuk (10:1) tells us.
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