Vayikra 5772

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Ramban opens Sefer Vayikra by saying it is a mere continuation of Shemos, which ends with Hashem's Presence resting in the Mishkan. Vayikra is how we can keep His Presence there and how to bring it back if we err. Vayikra is more difficult to relate to than the first two seforim. What the Ramban is trying to say is we must try our best to learn Vayikra with the same fervor as we had with Bereishis and Shmos, to somehow find a connection that can relate to us. And hopefully soon we will be able to apply Vayikra to our everyday lives with the third Beis HaMikdash.

Tetzaveh 5772

Thursday, March 1, 2012

This week is Shabbos Zachor, remembering Amalek. R' Moshe Feinstein explains (based on Megillah 18a) that Hashem wants us to feel in our hearts and remind us that Man can be evil. By doing so, we will be aware and stick to good. R' Soloveitchik explains that Amalek isn't just a certain nation, it includes anyone who follows after the same mindset of evil. A year ago, 2 "Amalekites" killed 5 members of the Fogel family in cold blood. Let us not forget this horrible tragedy in our hearts, and with Hashem's help and the coming of Moshiach, we will rid the world of evil.
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