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Opposite Messages of Fire

28 March 2011 In the book of Shemot (Exodus) there are two interesting passages regarding fire. The first is presented in the story of the burning bush. “An angel of Hashem appeared to him in a blaze of fire from … Continue reading

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Sacrifice before you eat!

Yisrael Eldad, with his piercing insight in the book Hegionot Mikra, touches upon a very interesting point in Parshat Shmini. He says that the laws pertaining to forbidden and allowable foods come after the completion of the laws regarding sacrifices.

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Yom Tov Sheni

6 April 2010 While in the dentist office a few hours ago getting my teeth cleaned, a strange thought popped into my head. I started thinking about yom tov sheni and the fact that there are five each year, which … Continue reading

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Galut is a Curse

11 May 2010 Every time I read the long list of curses in the Torah portion Bechukotai, I’m always struck by the fact that being removed from Eretz Yisrael and subsequently being thrown into exile is considered an awful punishment … Continue reading

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Thoughts on the Haggada of Pesach

17 March 2010 Rav Yisrael Ariel in his book The Haggada of the Mikdash explains that after the destruction of the Mikdash by the Romans the haggada of Pesach underwent a significant change. Whereas the main discussion of the seder … Continue reading

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And You Shall Know

According to chazal, the four cups of wine that we drink during the seder symbolize the four expressions of redemption as stated in the Torah: “I shall take you out …, I shall rescue you …, I shall redeem you … Continue reading

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