Tazria: The Eternal Covenant

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman וביום השמיני ימול בשר ערלתו And on the eighth day the foreskin of his flesh shall be circumcised. — Vayikra 12:3 The above verse comes from the opening lines...

Bloom on Parashat Shemini: Kohanim and Their Livestock

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “These are the contaminated ones among the teeming animals that teem upon the earth” (Vayikra 11:29). “All these instances of uncleanness are not to...

From Where I Stand: Shemini Just Do It!

By Rabbi Yossy Goldman “Approach the Altar” –Vayikra 9:7 How do you develop confidence when you don’t have it? How does one overcome fear, nerves, and anxiety? Well, without going into major...

Parashat Tzav: The Chosenness Of Kohanim

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “This offering, with cakes of leavened bread added, he shall offer along with his thanksgiving sacrifice … of this he shall offer one of...

Halachic Musings: Eradicating Amalek By Eliminating Ga’avah

  As we read the parashah of remembering what Amalek did to us, there are a number of areas we can examine. What are the reasons for this mitzvah? Are...

Bloom on Parashat Vayikra: The Unique Offering

  By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “No meal offering that you offer to the L-rd shall be made with leaven, for no leaven or honey may be turned into smoke...

From Where I Stand: Vayikra Bulls and Lambs

אדם כי יקריב מכם קרבן When a man will bring an offering from among you . . . —Vayikra 1:2 Not only animal-rights groups have difficulty with this week’s parashah. Many, if not most, people...

Bloom on Parashat Pekudei: The Biblical Scarlet Worm

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute The second verse of our parashah states (Sh’mot 38:23): “Oholiav son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, carver and designer, and embroiderer in...

Parsha Insights on Vayakhel: The Permanent Delight

By Rabbi Moshe Bloom Torah VeHa’aretz Institute “On six days, work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to the L-rd;...

Where I Stand: Vayakhel and Bar Mitzvahs

“See G‑d has appointed Betzalel, the son of Uri, the son of Chur of the tribe of Judah.” —Sh’mos 35:30 Chur, Betzalel’s grandfather, was a son of Miriam, Moshe’s sister. That...

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