Parashat Shavua Tag

By Rav Reuven Tradburks The march to the land of Israel continues. The people have successfully confronted Sichon and Og on the east side of the Jordan, moving closer to the land. But they have also lost suffered the death of Miriam and Aharon. The march...

Parshat Emor by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 25:1-18) Shmita: The Land of Israel has its Shabbat. Work 6 years, the 7th is a Shabbat to G-d. What grows on its own is available to be used. Yovel: 7 cycles of 7 years is followed...

Parshat Emor by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 21:1-15) Cohanim are not permitted to come in contact with the dead except for their nuclear family.  Nor are they to adopt non Jewish mourning practices such as balding their head and beard or cutting their flesh. ...

Parshat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 1st aliya (Vayikra 16:1-24) Aharon is instructed to enter the Holy of Holies only through an elaborate process of offerings.  He is to bring a private sin offering.  And a communal sin offering of 2 identical goats, one as...

Parshat Tazria-Metzora by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks The double parsha of Tazria-Metzora is 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 status allows...

Parshat Shemini by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 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...

Parshat Tzav by Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 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 may continue all night.  In the morning the Cohen shall take some of the...

By Rabbi Reuven Tradburks 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...