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Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Tazria-Metzora 5766

Posted on April 20, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s podcast, we travel back to 2006 to hear Rav Meir speak about ritual impurity and the host of laws described in the doube-parsha in connection to it. Tazria-Metzora 5766

תזריע–מצורע

Posted on April 20, 2012 by Barer

This week’s double parsha is some of the densest and hardest-to-apply material in the Torah, in dealing with seemingly endless details of various bodily ailments and skin maladies.  In trying to find a window into some of the meaning that these chapters might hold for us today, I think it might be helpful to consider Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Pesach 8th Day & Parshat Shemini

Posted on April 11, 2012 by The Director of Digital Media

Rabbi David Levin Kruss shares two back-to-back podcast lessons with us this week: 5772 — Pesach 8th Day: Messianism Today. DLK discusses Messianism, a theme of the Haftorah for the eighth day of Pesach celebrated outside of Israel. Click here for the handout. 5772 — Shemini: Strange Fire. Click here for the handout.

צו

Posted on March 30, 2012 by Barer

This week’s parsha continues to detail the different sacrifices, this time focusing on who can and cannot eat them.  The second half of the parsha (ch. 8) moves from commandment to narrative (or sorts) as the text describes the actual anointing of Aharon and his sons as active priests.  While the text is repetitive and Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayikra 5772

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s podcast, Alex Israel talks about why chametz (leavened bread) is not allowed to be part of Israelite sacrifices. Vayikra 5772

ויקרא

Posted on March 23, 2012 by Barer

It is always hard exegetically to transition from Bereishit and Shmot to Vayikra (from Genesis and Exodus to Leviticus).  However tough it might be to draw a message from repeated details about building the Mishkan (Tabernacle), it is nothing compared to the density of chapter after chapter detailing how much blood – from non-human animals Continue Reading »

[Pardes from Jerusalem Podcast] Vayakhel-Pekudei 5772

Posted on March 19, 2012 by Barer

In last week’s podcast, Michael Hattin discusses the kiyyor, the washbasin, that was in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) Vayakhel-Pekudei 5772

ויקהל

Posted on March 19, 2012 by Barer

This week’s parsha details – again – the various vessels that were built for the Mishkan (Tablernacle).  While the question of why such repetition is in the Torah is a good one, I want to focus instead on the short narrative section of the parsha.  After repeating a few of the central laws to the people, Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Ki Tisa 5772

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Barer

In this week’s parsha, DLK discusses the “cry of [your] beloved people” Ki Tisa 5772

כי תשא

Posted on March 9, 2012 by Barer

In reading this week’s parsha, which describes the events surrounding the sin of the Golden Calf, one question continued to nag at me.  Why does Moshe break the tablets upon seeing the Israelites worshiping the Golden Calf?  The answer many of us grew up with is that Moshe came upon the scene and was so Continue Reading »