“Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy” (Vayikra 19:2). Rashi comments on this verse that being holy means to separate your self from sexual immorality. But that is just the starting point of attaining a state of being holy.
In the non-Jewish world, to sanctify one’s self, or to be holy, means to cut yourself off from the animal instinct of the human being. Procreation and raising a family are prohibited for priests in the Catholic faith, through celibacy.
[P> X:Y (Z)] and [S> X:Y (Z)] indicate start of a parsha p’tucha or s’tuma. X:Y is Perek:Pasuk of the beginning of the parsha; (Z) is the number of p’sukim in the parsha.Continue Reading
The Omer period runs from the second day of Pesach - a.k.a. 16 Nissan, up to and including Erev Shavuot - a.k.a. 5 Sivan (in our fixed calendar).Continue Reading
are Torah Tidbits-style riddles on Parshat HaShavua (sometimes on the calendar). They are found in the hard-copy of TT scattered throughout, usually at the bottom of different columns. In the electronic versions of TT, they are found all together at the end of the ParshaPix-TTriddles section. The best solution set submitted each week (there isn’t always a best) wins a double prize a CD from Noam Productions and/or a gift (game, puzzle, book, etc.) from Big DealContinue Reading
We’ve brought Peter Pan and the Pink Panther back from their vacation so that we can once again include the ParshaPix explanations in the hard ocpy of Torah Tidbits. We don’t know if they’ll stay, but enough TTreaders have expressed their disappointment that we’re trying to bring the PPx back again.Continue Reading
Parshat Acharei opens with the stark statement that G-d spoke to Moshe, “...after the death of Aharon’s two sons, when they [errantly] approached Hashem - and they died” (Vayikra 16:1). Why the repetition of the terminology of death?Continue Reading
Last week we started discussing the circumstances that would prevent a brit mila being performed on Shabbat. These include a child born after sunset on Friday but before nightfall and a child delivered in a C section.Continue Reading
This week we read a double portion - Acharei and Kedoshim. There seems to be repetition between these two portions - in chapter 18 (1-30) we are taught about the forbidden sexual relations.Continue Reading
There is a strange assertion made by the Ibn Ezra in his commentary on this week’s Parasha. After enumerating the long list of perversions and illicit relationships, the Torah says (Vayikra 18:26): “You… shall not do any of these abominations, neither the home-born (ezrach), nor the stranger (ger) that lives with you”.Continue Reading
The Orthodox Union - via its website - fields questions of all types in areas of kashrut, Jewish law and values. Some of them are answered by Eretz Hemdah, the Institute for Advanced Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, headed by Rav Yosef Carmel and Rav Moshe Ehrenreich, founded by HaRav Shaul Yisraeli zt"l, to prepare rabbanim and dayanim to serve the National Religious community in Israel and abroad. Ask the Rabbi is a joint venture of the OU, Yerushalayim Network, Eretz Hemdah… and the Israel Center. The following is a Q&A from Eretz Hemdah…Continue Reading
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- Guest Article
- Candle A Day
- Gold from the Land of Israel
- Aliya-by-Aliya Sedra Summary
- Sedra Stats
- Maharal on the Sedra
- Vebbe Rebbe
- Portion of the Portion
- Oz Torah
- ParshaPix Explanations
- TTriddles "Report"
- Person In The Parsha
- Word of the Month
- The Trade and Commerce of the Talmid Chacham- Tamari
- Chizuk and Idud
- Divrei Menachem
- "From Machon Puah"
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Word of the Month
First op for KL according to Minhag Yerushalayim was Motza"Sh. 7 full days opinion first op is Wednesday, April 17. Last op is Wed. April 24th, all night.
Clarification: Shulchan Aruch says that KL is not to be said before 7 days (from the molad). This ruling is based on Kabbala. The Mishna B’rura writes that most Acharonim argue on this and ALLOW KL from
3 days after the molad. The GR"A says it is IDEAL to say KL from the earlier time and not delay, even for Motza"Sh.