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KMTT - the Torah Podcast

Feb 22, 2024

Tetzaveh | The Strange Placement of the Golden Altar, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why is the מזבח הקטורת commanded separately - and much later - than all of the other כלים of the משכן?

After the detailed prescriptions for the construction of the Mishkan and its appurtenances, the Torah describes a lengthy...


Feb 15, 2024

Teruma | Just a Vav: Rashi and Textual Criticism, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why is Rashi explaining a "Vav" that isn't there? (Shemot 25:22). 

Rashi's comment on Shemot 25:22, explaining the letter "vav" in the word ואת as being superfluous, has raised eyebrows over the centuries...since in our Sifrei Torah, the word...


Feb 8, 2024

Mishpatim | The Hebrew Maidservant and Marital Obligations, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why does האמה העבריה serve as the source for a husband's obligations towards his wife? 

The second entry into the Law Code (Parashat Mishpatim) is the law of the Hebrew maid - האמה העבריה. In a surprising twist,...


Feb 1, 2024

Yitro | How Did We Get to the 6th of Sivan? by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

How did Shavuot become Chag Matan Toratenu?

Our annual celebration of Matan Torah, on חג השבועות, has long been a conundrum. The festival is noted several times in each of the four chumashim that contain legal codes; it is called...


Jan 31, 2024

Asseret HaDibrot: False Testimony | Coveting, by Rav Dovid Gottlieb

Fifth of 5 shiuirim on what is arguably the single most important "unit" on mitzvot and values anywhere in the Torah!

Individually they are all fascinating and important - and as a unit you can really appreciate them.