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Parshat Tazria by Rav Reuven Tradburks The next 2 parshiot, Tazria and Metzora are challenging.  Their theme is simple: entry to the Mikdash is restricted for those who are Tamei.  There are a number of situations that render a person Tamei.  The removal of the Tuma...

1st Aliya (Vayikra 9:1-16) On the eighth day of the inauguration of Aharon and the Cohanim, Moshe gathers the people.  He instructs Aharon to offer a chatat and an olah.  The people are also to bring a chatat, olah, shlamim and mincha.  For today, G-d...

1st aliya (Vayikra 6:1-11) Instructions are given to the Cohanim: while the offerings must be done during the day, the burning of the fats and limbs continue all night.  In the morning the Cohen shall take some of the ashes from the altar and place...

The theme of the parsha is sacrifices.  Different offerings will be required in a variety of circumstances later in the book of Vayikra.  This parsha outlines the rules of those offerings, so that when they come up later, their procedure will be familiar. The parsha outlines...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The commandments concerning the special garments of the Cohen Gadol as well as the garments for the regular Cohanim are given.  The Cohanim and the altar are inaugurated in a 7-day inauguration.  The commands of the daily offering and the altar for...

Parshat Mishpatim We begin a new era in the Torah: the Mitzvah era.  In the first 86 verses of the Parsha, there are 51 mitzvot. The bulk of the parsha is civil law mitzvot.  The end of the parsha resumes the narrative, describing the impending entry...

The Jewish community in Lodz, Poland, with Shavei Israel emissary Rabbi Dawid Szychowski, celebrated a very special Tu B’Shevat. The first part was aimed to meet with Polish activists who preserve the Jewish heritage of their town. The participants learnt from Rabbi Dawid about Tu B’Shevat...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks Yitro joins Moshe.  He advises Moshe in delegating to judges.  At Mt. Sinai, G-d offers the Jewish people to be a treasured people.  The Ten Commandments are given at Sinai.  The people quake in response.  1st aliya (18:1-12) Yitro, Moshe’s father in law,...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks   Paro pursues, the sea splits, the people sing.  The people traveled and complained for water in Mara, for bread and meat in the Desert of Sin and for water in Refidim.  Amalek attacked and was defeated.   1st aliya (13:17-14:8) G-d guides the Jews...

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The 8th and 9th plagues occur.  Before the 10th, death of the first born, the mitzvot of Korban Pesach and of Matza are given.  The first-born die.  The Jews are sent out of Egypt.  Mitzvot are given to commemorate the momentous event...