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Jun 6, 2024

Bamidbar | The Reasoning Behind The Exchange of the Levi'im for the Firstborn, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Perhaps the most curious item in the entire census (which covers the first 5 chapters of Bamidbar, properly speaking) is the command to exchange the Levi'im for the Bekhorot (firstborn males) and the subsequent...


May 31, 2024

Bechukotai | Rebuke and Memory, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why is the rebuke (תוכחה) in Vayikra so much softer than its counterpart in Devarim? 

Just having "gotten up" from Shiv'a for his beloved sister, שושנה תמר ז"ל, Rav Etshalom shares observations about the תוכחה, contrasting it with the much more...


May 23, 2024

Behar | When and Where? by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why is the end of Sefer Vayikra identified with Har Sinai? 

The last three chapters of Vayikra are identified as being given by Hashem to Moshe בהר סיני  - which is typically understood to mean, in apposition to מאהל מועד, atop the mountain and, therefore,...


May 9, 2024

Kedoshim | "The Song of the Covenant" by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

Why was Parashat Kedoshim uniquely presented "publicly" (בהקהל) and how was that manifested? 

The first half of Parashat Kedoshim (Vayikra 19:1-37) was presented, per the opening verse, in a public forum - "מלמד שפרשה זו נאמרה...


May 1, 2024

Acharei Mot | Vayikra 17: Mishkan to Machaneh, by Rav Yitzchak Etshalom

The pivot from cleansing to sanctity.

Parashat Acharei Mot is made up of 3 segments; the first is a conclusion to the "Torat haMishkan", as it prescribes how to cleanse the Mishkan of impurities; the final segment opens up the "Torat haMachaneh",...