In this parsha we learn mitzvot about the Land of Israel, a land with “strings attached.” The idea of the mitzvot of Eretz Yisrael is there to remind us that Hashem is in charge, not us. DISCLAIMER – the authors and promoters of the articles and videos that we place here are mostly not connected […]
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DISCLAIMER – the authors and promoters of the articles and videos that we place here are mostly not connected in any way to KOL HATOR and may well not share our views and interpretations. We do however thank them for their insight and pointers that confirm our understanding and often broaden our insight. Behar-Bechuqotai Lev. 25:1 […]
“And when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not make clean riddance of the corners of your field … you shall leave them to the poor and to the stranger”
In this week’s Sedra of Emor, we read Parashat HaMoadot – the section about the holidays. The Torah reviews all the Jewish holidays from Passover to Sukkot in detail. Such a lengthy review can only be found in this week’s Sedra and in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) in Parashat Pinhas, which speaks of the Musaf offerings.
After weeks of details and details and more details, we finally arrive at the climactic end of Sefer Shemot:
“And the cloud engulfed the Tent of Meeting, and G-d’s glory filled the Mishkan. And Moshe was not able to go to the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud was dwelling there and G-d’s glory filled the Mishkan. And when the cloud would lift from the Mishkan, the Jewish People would travel on all of their travels…
This week’s Parshah and its name: Vayakhel is the Torah’s primer on how to build community.
It does so in a subtle way. It uses a single verb, k-h-l, to describe two very different activities. The first appears in last week’s parsha at the beginning of the story of the Golden Calf. “When the people saw that Moshe was long delayed in coming down the mountain, they gathered (vayikahel) around Aharon and said to him: get up, make us gods to go before us. This man Moshe who brought us out of Egypt – we have no idea what has become of him” (Ex. 32:1). The second is the opening verse of this week’s parsha: “Moshe assembled (vayakhel) all the community of Israel and said to them: these are the things the Lord has commanded you to do” (Ex. 35:1).
The promise for long life only comes from two commandments: honoring your parents and sending away a mother bird before taking her young. What’s the common denominator here? In this week’s Torah portion, Rabbi Fohrman brings new light to this strange commandment and explains why its reward is long life. Check out more Torah […]
The world is filled with fear. From Corona virus to political instability – people’s lives are being turned upside down. In response, like always we look for an escape, for some sort of light beyond that will guide us.
Rebbe Nachman teaches that although in the past all beginnings began with Pesach, now they begin with Purim.
What does this mean?
Living in a World of Spiritual Imbalance: King Without a Crown Recorded on Purim day, this week’s episode of the Jerusalem Lights podcast looks at the universal life lessons of Purim. And is there a connection between the hidden presence of G-d in the Purim story, and this week’s Torah portion of parashat Ki Tisa, […]
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G-d’s Instructions about the Tabernacle (which is the Main Theme of the next 14 Parashiyot) is not simply another Commandment from G-d, but it is the goal of everything that has preceded it; it was the purpose of the Exodus from Egypt; it was foreseen by the Patriarchs. Indeed, we are even taught, that as a main, divine idea, the concept of the Mikdash precedes Creation. It can be said to be the very Goal of Creation.
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