Kashrut

Introduction to Torah Study I. Life is for pleasure Tell your class: “It is a principle of Jewish understanding that G-d created us because He wanted to give us pleasure. Illustration: When you have children you’ll see, or if you already have children you know that all

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Parshas Shmini – Acquiring a Friend

The Parsha begins with the joyful celebrations of the Inauguration of the Mishkan (tabernacle), however this joyous occasion becomes a time of mourning with the sudden deaths of Aaron’s two oldest sons, Nadav and Avihu.  “The sons of Aharon, Nadav and Avihu, each took his fire pan, they put fire

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Parshas Shmini

Among the list of non-kosher birds in Parshas Shemini is the interestingly named ‘Chasida’.  Rashi quotes the Gemara in Chullin that explains that this bird is renowned for its trait of chesed because it shares it’s food with its friends.[1] The Rizhiner Rebbe zt”l asks that if this bird

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Parshas Shmini

This sedra covers three points: Dedication of the Mishkan. The warning of not entering the Mishkan drunk. The laws of eating kosher animals. Chanukas HaMishkan Seven days Moshe erects the Mishkan but nothing happens. Finally Aron gets involved and G-d’s shechina rests in the Mishkan. (Sineh Haboar,

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Parshas Shmini

This week’s torah portion begins on a very high note, the climax of the inauguration of the Tabernacle and the installment of Aaron and his sons (the Cohanime) as priests and the description of their first sacrificial service. As so often occurs in Jewish history, calamity was

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Parshas Shmini

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg Keeping kosher. Few concepts in Judaism are as misunderstood as this, especially in today’s generation. And, since it appears in this week’s portion, perhaps we could spend time shedding some light on its origins and meaning. I have heard many explanations as

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Understanding Korbanot

I. Beginning to learn 1. Explain some of the background: The Jews in the desert were commanded to build a “mishkan,” a temple, or literally, a home for G-d’s presence. The temple was built with the donations of all the Jewish people. When the temple was finished

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