Va`Yikrah – How to preserve purity of heart

Va`Yikrah – How to preserve purity of heart

ונפש כי תחטא ושמעה קול אלה If a Man sinned and heard an oath The Sefer Taam V`Daas brings a Medrash (Tosefta Shavuos 3:3) that says, "Rabbi Elozar Ben Masiah said: One is not condemned to see, unless one sinned. As it says, "ונפש כי תחטא ושמעה קול אלה" [ - this...

Ki Sisa in a nutshell

Ki Sisa in a nutshell

So there should not be a plague.The Mitzva for Kohanim to wash their hand and feet before doing Avodah.The Mitzva to anoint the Ohel Moed, Aron, Mizbaich and it's vessels, the Kior and Ahron and his sons. The prohibitions on anointing with this oil and on making this...

Parshas Tetzaveh in a nutshell

Parshas Tetzaveh in a nutshell

It should be lit in the Ohel Moed Make Bigdei Kehunah The Choshen The Eifod The Me`ill The Kootones The Mitznefes / Migbahos The Avnet The Michnasayim The Tzitz Dress Ahron and his sons in the Bigdei Kehunah Anoint them with the anointing oil Bring Korbanos This was...

Parshah Terumah in a Nutshell

Parshah Terumah in a Nutshell

Hashem gave an itemized list of what was needed. Exactly as Hashem showed Moshe.  Wood, covered with gold, with a gold crown, with four rings and two poles to carry.  The Luchos went in it, and the 2 Keruvim on top of it.  There Hashem would meet with Moshe Rabeinu. ...

Parshas Mishpatim in a nutshell

Parshas Mishpatim in a nutshell

Jewish law Do not go to gentile courts.A Hebrew servant goes free after six years. The master must feed the Hebrew slave's family. If his master gives him a gentile maidservant, the children belong to the master. If the servant wants to stay after the six years, he...

Yisro – The Magnitude Of Torah Learning

Yisro – The Magnitude Of Torah Learning

The Nefesh Ha`Chaim (ד ל) explains that Torah is more holy and more luminescent than all of the Mitzvos put together. This is because its source is higher up in the heavens than all of the Mitzvos.    The wonders of the Torah are not reserved for Rabbis. Chazal...

Yisro – Are you cut out for learning Torah?

Yisro – Are you cut out for learning Torah?

Chazal praise Yisro for providing a great solution.   It would seem like a very simple solution, not requiring  great wisdom. Why then do Chazal praise his advice?   It seems that while Moshe Rabeinu himself perhaps could have managed with the heavy...

Yisro in a Nutshell

Yisro in a Nutshell

Yisro came to join Moshe and Bnei Yisrael, with Moshe Rabeinu’s wife Tzipporah and 2 sons. Moshe Rabeinu greeted Yisro and told him of all that Hashem did for Bnei Yisrael Yisro blessed Hashem and declared that he now knows that Hashem is greater than any power Yisro...

B`Shalach

B`Shalach

Hashem send them on the long route They leave armed Moshe takes the bones of Yosef along From Sukkos they travel to Eisom Hashem leads them in a cloud pillar by day and in fire pillar by nightThe Trap     Klal Yisrael will return to Pi Hachiros Pharaoh will ...

Hashem Will Do Battle For You

Hashem Will Do Battle For You

The Yalkut Shimoni explains that Moshe Rabeinu's statement, "Hashem will do battle for you", was not only referring to that point in time at the Yam Suf, but rather Hashem will fight for us forever.    The Meshech Chochma adds, that Klal Yisrael at that time were able...