Parshas Emor Striving For Perfection

Striving For Perfection Sforno explains that even though there are blemishes that actually increase the strength and value of an animal, they nevertheless render the animal unfit for sacrifice. Throughout the Torah we find completion and wholeness taking precedence over quantity. Thus in the recitation of the haMotziblessing,

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Parsha Emor – The Precision of Din

The Parsha ends with the incident involving the blaspheming of the mekalel.  The Torah tells us that after he committed his heinous sin, he was placed in a cell to await the punishment he was to recieve[1].  Rashi, quoting a Medrash, writes that at the same time

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Emor – Understanding the Omer

The Parsha outlines the Mitzvos involved with the Omer offering.  On the second day of Pesach we are commanded to bring an offering of barley in the Beis HaMikdash and the Torah further instructs us to count forty nine days from the offering until the day before Shavuos.   Rav Yosef

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Parshas Emor – To Climb the Highest Mountain

I was shopping for a mother’s day card for my wife and ran across one which contained the following captions: “I would climb the highest mountain, swim the widest river, brave the fiercest storm”, with appropriate cartoon images of a macho greeting card hero performing these acts,

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Parshas Emor #2

Topics covered in this class: Biblical commandment of Counting the Omer. The Rabbinical mourning period. Lag b’Omer. Sefiras HaOmer. Mentioned in the week’s sedra. The Minchas HaOmer: first barley crop of the year, which allowed the new crops to be used. It was like a “blessing” that

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Parshas Emor

Topics discussed in this class: Holiness and how Cohanim hold on to it. The holy times of the year. An eye for an eye. “Not everyone is the same”. Cohanim have more mitzvos. Different mitzvos for different roles/functions. Equal doesn’t mean being the same. Give examples. Cohanim

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Parshas Emor

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg What would you be willing to die for? A country? A friend? A cause? In this week’s Torah portion, there is one particular commandment that deals with this very subject: Do not desecrate my holy name. I must be sanctified among the

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