Category: Parsha

Parshas Emor

Following the command in last week’s portion to be sanctified and holy, Parshas Emor begins by discussing various laws directed specifically to the Kohanim and the Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Included is the command...

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Parshas Kedoshim

Parshas Kedoshim The portion begins with G-d’s command to the entire nation of Israel to be holy, emulating the supreme sanctity of G-d Himself. The Torah goes on to delineate a multitude of mitzvos...

Parshas Metzora

Parshas Metzora discusses the purification process for the metzora. A metzora was a person inflicted with tzara’as – a skin or hair abnormality caused by certain spiritual illnesses. After the Kohen declares him to...

Parshas Tazria and HaChodesh

Parshas Tazria This week’s parsha describes in great detail the varying manifestations of the disease called tzara’as. Although it has commonly been mistranslated as leprosy, this skin disease bears little resemblance to any bodily...

Parshas Parah

Numbers 19:1-22 is read on the Shabbos following Purim. These verses deal with the Red Heifer used in the spiritual purification process at the time of the Holy Temple. This issue is important at...

Parshas Shemini

This week’s Torah portion begins by discussing the events which occurred on the eighth and final day of the inauguration service of the Mishkan. After months of preparation, Aaron and his sons are finally...

Parshas Tzav

The portion begins with G-d continuing to teach Moses many of the laws relating to the Mishkan service. However, while last week’s portion described the korbanos (offerings) from the perspective of the giver, this...

Parshas: Vayikra / Zachor

This Shabbos marks the beginning of our reading the third book of the Torah, Sefer Vayikra which deals primarily with the services and responsibilities of the Kohanim.