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Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:58:00 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, we continue to learn about the process for purifying the person who has צרעת (leprosy). We are told about the ritual the Kohen has to perform on the day a person becomes טהור, pure. The ritual requires two birds, a cedar stick, hyssop, a string of red wool, and shaving of the person's head. Afterward, the Torah tells us...
Posted Thursday, Apr 11, 2019 4:55:48 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani "Mah Nishtana Ha Lila Hazeh Mikol Haleilot?' Why is this night different from all other nights? Why is the seder so focused on questions? We have a mitzvah from the Torah for parents to teach their children about yetziat mitzrayim. It doesn't say anything about questions. So why is there such a large focus on questions?...
Posted Thursday, Apr 4, 2019 4:07:00 PM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this weeks Parasha, Parashat תזריע, we learn about many different things. In the beginning, we learn about what a mother has to do after giving birth. We learn which Korbanot she has to bring, and what procedures she has to go through depending on if she gave birth to a boy or girl. Then we start learning...
Posted Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 3:56:02 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani Sometimes - often - life imitates Torah. I was watching a big college basketball game last night, Duke against University of Central Florida (UCF). Duke, who has the best player in the country, Zion Williamson, and is considered to be one of the best teams, was losing at the end. The coach, Mike Krzyzewski, perhaps one of the greatest coaches of all time...
Posted Thursday, Mar 28, 2019 3:54:00 PM
By Ezra A. (Grade 6) At the beginning of the parasha, it says, "ויהי ביום השמיני קרא משה לאהרון ולבניו ולזיקני ישראל" and then Moshe says to Aharon, ​"קח לך עגל בן בקר לחטאת ועיל לעולה תמימים". Moshe wants Aharon to bring all of these sacrifices and gives him a list of what he needs to do. After, he tells him everything, it says: "ויאמר משה אל אהרון קרב אל המיזבח ועשה את חטאתך". Why does Moshe add this extra request of Aharon to approach to the מיזבח? Rashi says...
Posted Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019 4:17:44 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani On a hot summer day, is the first bite of an ice cream good or bad? What about a new pair of Yeezys? Or hustling for a loose ball in a Ramaz 7th grade basketball semifinal game and calling timeout before you fall out of bounds ? Or working really hard on a project? Or successfully going to the bathroom?...
Posted Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 10:51:32 AM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani This Shabbat, the Shabbat before Purim, is Shabbat Zachor. We have a Torah mitzvah to remember Amalek and what they did to us, and, as a special maftir, our brothers and sisters around the world will publicly read of the mitzvah to remember and wipe out Amalek, as we prepare to read the story of Haman...
Posted Thursday, Mar 14, 2019 10:46:00 AM
By Avi F. (Grade 6) In this week's parasha, פרשת ויקרא, we learn all about the work of the כהנים, and how to bring korbanot. At the beginning of the parasha, we learn from what group of animals you have to bring the korbanot. It has to be tame animals, like a sheep or cow, and it could not be an animal that you set aside for Avoda Zara. We also learn about...
Posted Thursday, Feb 28, 2019 4:08:00 PM
By Eva G. (Grade 7) In this week's parasha, Parashat Vayakhel, Moshe tells the people what they should contribute to the building of the Mishkan. They will need to bring precious metals, wool in colors, such as royal blue and crimson, linen, and goat hair. Moshe then explains exactly what everything will be used for. The second perek is about the nation's contributions, and from the third onwards, it starts talking about the construction itself. Vayakhel is incredibly detailed...
Posted Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019 5:09:00 PM
By Rabbi Justin Pines, MS Mashgiach Ruchani It's time to build the Mishkan. Bnei Yisroel have heard all of the instructions, and now it is time to get to work. But Hashem calls "time-out." Wait a second. Before you lift a finger, don't forget about Shabbat. Through Moshe, Hashem says...
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