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The Inseparable Connection: Family Unity and National Peace in Parshat Naso

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz Parshat Naso continues the national themes introduced in Parshat Bamidbar. It examines national matters such as the size, roles, and location of the tribes of Israel: “לְמִשְׁפְּחֹתָם לְבֵית אֲבֹתָם” (“According to their families, by their fathers’ households”). The parsha then presents unique commandments: The commandment of purity: “צַו אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וִישַׁלְּחוּ מִן-הַמַּחֲנֶה כָּל-צָרוּעַ וְכָל-זָב וְכֹל ...

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Shalom Zachar without the Baby and Parents

by R. Daniel Mann Question: My son had a baby boy today (Thursday). He will be staying with his wife in the hospital over Shabbat and does not expect to make a Shalom Zachar there. Is there a point for a grandfather to make the Shalom Zachar without the baby and his parents? Answer: The minhag of a Shalom Zachar ...

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Audio Roundup 2024:20

by Joel Rich The S”A (OC 496:3) discussed an israel in chul on 2nd day yom tov not being bound by restrictions unless he is within the tchum of a jewish community. Does this apply to bnai chul who keep one day in israel and then travel back to chul? In either case if they land in a chul airport ...

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Celebrating a Wedding

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Naso Two points of order: I realized last week I had failed to do a chapter of Even HaEzer last round, so we’re going to do two in a row now (I know you may not care about going in a clear cycle through the parts of Shulchan Aruch, but my bit of OCD does. ...

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Greeting with G‑d’s Name: The Significance of Boaz’s Greeting

by R. Eliezer Simcha Weisz On Shavuot, we read the Book of Ruth. At first glance, a simple exchange between Boaz and his workers seems like a trivial detail. However, this greeting holds a profound lesson about respect and the importance of recognizing the inherent worth of every person. The second chapter introduces us to Boaz: וְהִנֵּה־בֹ֗עַז בָּ֚א מִבֵּ֣ית לֶ֔חֶם ...

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Ways to Achieve Status of Real Worth

by R. Gidon Rothstein Parshat Bamidbar The Showbread Table The end of Parshat Bamidbar describes the process of readying the Mishkan for travel, whenever the Cloud of Glory would rise to move. Among the steps, the Levi’im are told to spread a begged techelet, a blue cloth, on the Shulchan ha-Panim, 4;7. Whether that phrase should be capitalized (my Autocorrect ...

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