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Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

G-d tells Moshe to relay to Aharon that any Kohen with a defect or imperfection may not represent others in service to Him (21:17–23). Why would a bodily deformity disqualify a Kohen from priestly...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Emor 1st Aliyah

G-d conveys to Moshe the laws that govern the Kohanim, including the prohibition against making bald patches on their heads or shaving the edge of their beards (21:5). Recanati points out the...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 7th Aliyah

The Torah tells us to distinguish between tahor (pure) and tamei (impure) animals (20:25). Rashi explains that this differentiation isn’t between a clean animal like a cow and an unclean donkey...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 6th Aliyah

The Torah describes forbidden relations with the Hebrew word “chessed” (translated as kindness), which Rashi explains is also the Aramaic word for disgraceful (20:17). Why does the Torah deviate to...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 5th Aliyah

The Torah concludes the rules and consequences of worshipping molech by prescribing capital punishment not only for its worshippers but also for anyone neglecting to punish the worshippers. The...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 4th Aliyah

The Torah instructs us to “love your neighbor as yourself” (19:18), and then several pesukim later, in its discussion of strangers, specifies to love him (convert) as yourself (19:34). What does the...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 3rd Aliyah

Parshiyos Acharei Mot and Kedoshim discuss many rules involving morality, justice, and empathy. Nestled in the middle of Parashas Kedoshim are the instructions to plant fruit trees and not enjoy...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 2nd Aliyah

Parashas Kedoshim includes the famous mitzvah to “love your neighbor as yourself” (19:18). Rabbi Akiva exclaimed that this is a great principle of the Torah, but what does it really mean, and is it...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Kedoshim 1st Aliyah

Our parashah commands us to be holy, gives examples of what that entails, and then mentions the Shelamim (peace) offering (19:2–5). One of the laws of this offering is that it must be consumed...

Dvar Torah for Emor 2nd Aliyah

Dvar Torah for Acharei Mot 7th Aliyah

After listing prohibited orientations, the Torah says, “And let the land not vomit you for having defiled it, as it vomited out the nation that preceded you” (18:28). What is the significance of...