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Metzorah: Warning: Loshon Harah Kills

What did the peddler reveal to Rebbe Yanni? The difficulty with this Medrash is that it doesn’t seem that Rebbe Yanni learned anything new. He clearly knew the posuk before the peddler said it. As he was a Tanna, he had mastered the entire Torah and understood the meaning, depth, and implications of those words. What new concept did Rebbe Yanni learn from the peddler? The answer to this can be best understood with a…






Tazria: Learning Torah: That was easy!

The Da’as Zekeinim (Shemos 21:1) explains that bris milah perfects a person. And only when he has a bris can a person grasp the depths of Torah. He brings an example of this concept. On the inside of almost every Chumash is the Targum written by Onkelos. While Onkelos became a profound talmid chacham, that wasn’t his beginning. He was a gentile, the nephew of the Caesar Adrianna. He became aware of the truth and…






Metzorah: Stop the Prattle

The holiness of the Jews As Jews, we are commanded to be a holy nation. To help maintain our spiritual level, the Torah provides safeguards to protect us from sin. One of these is Tzaraas. In the time of the Bais Ha’Mikdash, (which should speedily be rebuilt), if a person spoke Loshon Harah, he contracted Tzaraas. While the outer manifestation was a type of skin condition, a Metzorah had entered a stage of Tumah, which…






Tazria: Parshas HaChodesh- It’s Not Fair

Great affront to the Mitzrim After months of witnessing HASHEM’s mastery over nature, the Jewish people were commanded to commit the ultimate affront to the Mitzrim: to take their very god, tie it to the bedpost, and prepare it to be slaughtered on the 14th of Nissan. They were then to take the blood of the korbon and smear it on their doorposts as a sign to protect them. Additionally, they were told that since…






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