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Body, Soul, and How We Put them Together

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Acharei Mot The Torah introduces the list of prohibited liaisons with a general verse, 18;6, banning a man from approaching any she’er besaro, close relative, to uncover nakedness, a way to refer to the essential marital act. HaKetav VeHaKabbalah records Rambam’s reason, from Moreh Nevuchim, for why the Torah prohibited these relationships, even within marriage, ...

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Defined and Undefined in Parshat Metzora

by R. Gidon Rothstein Mikveh Is Needed for Taharah HaKetav VeHaKabbalah’s comment to the last verse of shishi in this week’s parsha, 15;28, tantalizes me mostly with why he felt the need to say what he did. The Torah speaks of a zavah, a woman who has what looks like menstrual flow at an unexpected time. [By Torah law, a ...

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The Power of Positive Speech: Lessons from the Torah

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Torah, in this week’s Parsha, offers a profound lesson that extends far beyond the actual laws of the Metzora (one afflicted with tzaraat). It teaches us about the importance of positive speech, highlighting its significance in our daily lives. In Vayikra 14:4, it is commanded that the Metzorah who seeks purification must bring a ...

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Mostly Tzara’at, with a Splash of Childbirth

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Tazria What Color is Yarok? In modern Hebrew, yarok means green, so when Vayikra 13;49 says a nega on clothing might look yerakrak, I had no doubt we meant green. R. Mecklenburg disagreed. First, he says yerakrak means strongly yarok, then defines “strongly” with a twist: were we to combine all the yarok shades, this ...

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The Blind Spots Within: Recognizing Our Own Flaws

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Mishnah and the Kohen’s Inability to See His Own Blemishes This week’s parsha, Tazria, is relevant today although the Negaim mentioned therein are not practiced in the way described in the Torah. The Mishnah, in Negaim (2, 5), describes the duties of a Kohen examining skin blemishes. It states: “כל הנגעים אדם רואה חוץ ...

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Spiritual Food

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Significance of Detail: The Elongated Vav and Rashi’s Word Choice This week’s parsha delves into the intricate laws of kashrut, specifying which animals, fish, birds, and insects are permitted as Kosher (Vayikra 11:42). Amongst many details the Torah states: כֹּל֩ הֹולֵ֨ךְ עַל־גָּחֹ֜ון וְכֹל ׀ הֹולֵ֣ךְ עַל־אַרְבַּ֗ע עַ֚ד כׇּל־מַרְבֵּ֣ה רַגְלַ֔יִם לְכׇל־הַשֶּׁ֖רֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵ֣ץ עַל־הָאָ֑רֶץ לֹ֥א תֹאכְל֖וּם ...

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