By Hannah Cowen Sacrifices are often a conundrum. Why do we offer them? Why dead animals? It’s all very confusing. But I’m not going to deal with any of that today. My question is simply this: Why throw out the entrails of bird sacrifices, rejecting them as an offering to Hashem? (We know that withContinue reading “Sacrifices – the problem of entrails”
By Hannah Cowen At this crucial point, when Bnei Yisrael have prepared themselves totally to receive the Torah, Moshe brings them to the foot of the mountain to fulfill their destiny. Here we can see the reactions of both Hashem and Bnei Yisrael to their impending covenant, and we should be able to learn theContinue reading “You are cordially invited to a wedding. Or is it a funeral?”
Oli Davidson It’s getting late. It’s almost time. Will you make it? You’re rushing home… 10… 9… the sun has disappeared… 8…7… you run up to the front door… 6… 5… you fumble for your keys… 4… 3… you burst through the door… 2… you look around desperate for that special kiss… 1 SHANA TOVA!!!Continue reading “Time flies when you’re learning Torah…”
Shulamit Lew This week, the Parashah recounts to us the story of the golden calf. A less widely known part of this story is that even before Moshe descends har Sinai, Hashem tells him that Bnei Yisrael are participating in avodah zara. At that point, whilst still on Har Sinai, Moshe davens to Hashem andContinue reading “What Motivated Moshe?”
Ayelet Persey At the end of the section of the Parasha that talks about the preparation of the Mishkan, the Torah mentions the Korban Tamid as a sacrifice that is given twice every day. Rav Meir Spiegelman points out that this commandment is out of context, as it applies to the everyday goings on inContinue reading “Tetzaveh: The Centrality of Consistency”
Joe Benedyk The next seventeen chapters of the Torah are filled with legalities and architectural descriptions of the Mishkan – but was it, retrospectively, a shameful concession to Bnei Yisrael’s idolatrous inclinations?