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Perashat Sav 5778

Friday, March 23, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In the beginning of this week's perasha the Torah repeats no less than three times that the Kohanim must ensure that an Esh Tamid, continuous flame, burn on the Mizbeah. The priests were instructed to arrange wood on the fire every morning so that the fire would burn throughout the day and night. ...

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Pershat Vayikra 5778

Friday, March 16, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

The early chapters of the Book of Vayikra delineate the various sacrificial offerings that were brought to the Mishkan and later to the Temple. The concept of sacrifice is something that is foreign to our generation, and something to which we have difficulty relating. Yet it is one of the three pillars on which the world stands, as is mentioned in Pirke Abot: "upon Torah, upon divine service and upon acts of kindness" [Pirke Abot 1:2]. Divine service refers to sacrificial duties. ...

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Perashot Vayakhel-Pekudei 5778

Friday, March 09, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha, the details of the construction of the Mishkan are finalized. Ramban, one of the classic commentators, asked what skills the Israelites had to complete this task? The building of the Mishkan required individuals who were great craftsmen and were capable of fashioning intricate designs into metalwork and woodwork with precision. Less than a year prior, these people were still slaves. How were such untrained laymen capable of constructing the wondrous Mishkan? What did they know of transforming silver, gold or precious stones into holy objects? ...

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Perashat Ki Tissa 5778

Friday, March 02, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

The subject of the building of the Tabernacle is concentrated in the last five perashot of Sefer Shemot and is divided into two parts. The first part discusses the commandment to build the Mishkan. The second part, which starts from this week's perasha, Ki Tissa, describes the implementation and actual building of the Tabernacle. ...

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Perashat Tessaveh 5778

Friday, February 23, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

This coming week we celebrate Purim. It is our custom that the names of most Jewish holidays are tied to the essence of the day (e.g., on sukkot we dwell in a sukkah, on Passover Hashem passed over the Jewish homes). What then is the significance of the name Purim? Translated, Purim actually means "lots" as in casting lots. How does this description relate to the holiday? ...

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Perashat Terumah 5778

Friday, February 16, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

Over the course of 400 pesukim, beginning in this week's perasha through the end of Shemot, the Torah describes in great detail the building of theMishkan, Tabernacle, and its utensils. We believe that the Torah is eternal, and each missva is relevant for every generation and for every Jew. If so, what can we learn from our perasha that would apply to our daily lives? ...

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Perashat Mishpatim 5778

Friday, February 09, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In last week's perasha we read about the revelation at the base of Har Sinai where the Jewish nation was elevated to the highest levels of prophetic insight. It's logical to assume that the Torah would continue in this week's perasha by pronouncing Halakhot, laws, that maintain this spiritual and transcendental theme, laws such as the requirement to pray, don Tefillin, or keep Shabbat. So why does Hashem instead proceed to communicate to Moshe the civil laws and laws of interpersonal relationships? ...

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Perashat Yitro 5778

Friday, February 02, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha, we read about the revelation of Hashem on Har Sinai as He proclaimed the Ten Commandments amid thunder and lightning. In the first of the Ten Commandments Hashem introduces Himself with the words, "I am the Lord, your God, Who took you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage". This is considered the first commandment, but doesn't it seem more of a proclamation than a missva?...

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Perashat Beshalah 5778

Friday, January 26, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha we read about Keri'at Yam Soof, the splitting of the Sea, which is the culminating event of Yesiat Missrayim. There is a question that every person who studies this perasha should ask: Why did Hashem need to perform another miracle, the splitting of the sea? Were the ten plagues not enough to convince the people present of all His power? ...

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Perashat Bo 5778

Friday, January 19, 2018 Author: Rabbi Mimoun Miller

In this week's perasha the Torah describes the Exodus of Bene Yisrael from Egypt. Most people are not aware that an overwhelming majority of Bene Yisrael did not leave Egypt. Rashi writes that only one out of five Israelites left, and four-fifths did not make it out [Mechilta, Tanhuma, Beshalah 1]. ...

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