Weekly Torah Reading Resources

Limits and Their Limits

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Shemini Tum’ah To Avoid I guess I assumed HaKetav VeHaKabbalah was largely a rationalist, I think because he quotes nontraditional readers of Torah and is invested in showing how Chazal’s reading of verses fits the plain sense of the text. I guess I also assumed (the danger of assumptions!) rationalists treat tum’ah as a Torah ...

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Are Our Leaders True Leaders?

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The story depicted in Parshas Shemini exemplifies the essence of authentic leadership.. Moshe Rabbeinu was the most humble man on earth (Bamidbar 12:3 וְהָאִישׁ מֹשֶׁה עָנָו מְאֹד, מִכֹּל הָאָדָם אֲשֶׁר עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה). His interaction with his older brother Aharon Hacohen over the burning of the sin offering instead of eating thereof by his sons during ...

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Bread, Hides, and Sanctity

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Tzav What Shape is a Challah? While inducting Aharon and his sons into the kehunah, Moshe takes a challat matzah echat, one challah of matzah (and one challah of lechem shemen, but that’s not the focus here), VaYikra 8;26. R. Mecklenburg refers to two Aramaic Targumim, Onkelos and Yonatan b. Uziel, who agree challah should ...

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Passing the Torch: Moshe’s Hesitation and the Responsibility of Transmitting The Torah Way of Life

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Our success in leaving a lasting impact depends on the successful transfer of knowledge, values, and traditions from one generation to the next. This weighty responsibility falls upon the shoulders of parents, teachers, and mentors, who act as guardians of our collective heritage. The Torah, through a musical  nuance found in Parashat Tzav, sheds light ...

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Challenges of Leadership: A Torah Perspective from Vayikra to the Purim Story

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz The Gemara (Berachot 34b) states: “מקום שבעלי תשובה עומדין צדיקים גמורים אינם עומדין, In a place where penitents stand, wholly righteous people cannot stand.” The Gemara emphasizes to us that even someone who is not perfect, and overcame challenging situations, can reach an exalted status even greater than that of great righteous people who did ...

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Grappling with Unwitting Sin

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat VaYikra Vidui Doesn’t Mean Confess, Says R. Mecklenburg The Torah tells us the Jew who brings a sacrifice to atone must ve-hitvadah, Vayikra 5;5, a word I think almost universally assumed to mean admit or articulate the sin, what we call vidui. This reading assumes the root le-hodot, such as to concede a claim (hodah ...

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