Shabat Shalom

Korach 5773 – Gilayon #802

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Korach And moshe was very incensed and he said to the lord, "do not turn to their offering. Not a donkey of theirs have i carried off, And i have done no harm to any one of them." (Bemidbar 16:15)   In those days… in this time? Not a donkey of theirs have I carried off – I never took a donkey of theirs even when I travelled from Midian to Egypt, I had my wife and my sons ride on the donkey,...

Shlach 5773 – Gilayon #801

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Shelach For the tribe of asher, sethur, son of michael                 (Bemidbar 13:13)   And these are their names: For the tribe of Reuven, Shammua the son of Zaccur – Said R. Yitzchak: This is something we have on tradition from our fathers, the spies were named in accordance with their actions, but we have detected only one, "Sethur the son of Michael. Sethur because he undermined the works of the Holy One, blessed be He; and Michael [was...

Behaalotecha 5773 – Gilayon #800

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Behaalotcha And miriam was shup up outside the camp seven days, And the people did not journey onward Until miriam was gathered back in  (Bemidbar 12:15)   And the people did not journey onward – (Sotah 9) – This is the honor which the Omniscient bestowed upon her as reward for the hour she waited when Moshe was cast into the Nile, as is written (Shemot 2) 'And his sister stationed herself from afar etc."  (Rashi, ibid., ibid)   And the people did...

Naso 5773 – Gilayon #799

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Nasso May the lord bless you and guard you. May the lord light up his face to you and grant grace to you. May the lord lift up his face to you and give you peace. (Bemidbar 6:24-26)   R. Shimeon b. Halafta said: The Holy One, blessed be He, found no vessel that could contain blessing for Israel save that of peace, as it is written: 'The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace'....

Bamidbar 5773 – Gilayon #798

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Bamidbar – Chag Shavuot From thirty years up to fifty years old All who come to the army to do the task In the tent of the meeting (Bemidbar 4:3)   Thirty years old for strength. Over fifty, their strength diminishes. (Rashi Ibid. ibid.)   From twenty years old… all who come to the army in Israel – "Tsava' (Army) does not refer only to combat forces or to military service; nor is this the primary meaning of the word (see Parashat Bereishit...

Behar Bechukotai 5773 – Gilayon #797

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Behar – Behukotay Should your brother come to ruin and sell his holding, his redeemer who is related to him shall come and redeem what his brother sold (Vayikra 25:25) And should your brother come to ruin and his hand buckle under you, you shall hold him as a resident alien, and he shall live under you. (Vayikra 25:35) And should your brother come to ruin under you and be sold to you, you shall not work him the work of a slave....

Emor 5773 – Gilayon #796

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Emor A person who touches these shall be unclean till evening  and shall not eat of the sacred donations Until he bathes his body in water, And the sun sets and he becomes clean (Vayikra 22:6-7)   Until he bathes his body in water – Could it be that he may wash limb by limb? The text instructs "And the sun sets and he becomes clean" – just as the setting sun cleanses his entire body at once, so here, all at once....

Acharei Mot 5773 – Gilayon #795

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Achary Mot – Kedoshim You shall rise before the aged and show deference to the old; You shall fear your god: i am the lord. (Vayikra 19:32)   even before an aged sinner; therefore the verse comes to teach zaken and zaken can refer only to one who has obtained knowledge – so explains Rashi. Torat Kohanim (Chap 7, 11) presents the text as...

Tazria Metzora 5773 – Gilayon #794

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Tazria – Metzora – Yom Haatzmauth When you come into the land of canaan which i am about To give to you as a possession, and i inflict An eruptive plague upon a house in the land you possess… (Vayikra 14: 34-35)   The reason for 'When you come into the land" – For this exists only in the land , because of its high standing, because the Sanctuary is within them and His honor is within...

Shemini 5773 – Gilayon #793

(link to original page) Click here to receive the weekly parsha by email each week. Parshat Shmini And fire went out from before the lord And consumed them and they died before the lord. (Vayikra 10:2)   And they died before the Lord – Because they thought that they did something favorable before Him. (Ibn Ezra, ibid. ibid)   …There is no doubt that their intention was desirable; for they were called "those close to me" even after their sin. Their desirable intent finds expression in the words of the Torat Cohanim: "They too were in a state of...