Emor 5773

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Emor is one of the most read parshios due to containing the different holidays throughout the year. When the Torah discusses Shavuos, there is no mention of the day commemorating Matan Torah. The Kli Yakar explains that this is because Hashem (kivyachol) thought it was improper to mark a certain day for this event. We are supposed to see every single day as being the day we accept the Torah. The Torah is supposed to have a new "taste" for us every day. We can always learn new ideas that we didn't know before. This is why on Shavuos we bring a "new sacrifice" (Bamidbar 28:26).

Tazria-Metzora 5773

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The leper is considered a dead person. Rashi in Bamidbar says that just as a dead person makes a house and whatever inside it impure so too does a leper when he enters a house. He also sits outside the community just as cemeteries are placed on the outskirts of a town. What causes someone to be inflicted with leprosy? This is because of speaking lashon harah. By comparing the leper to a dead person, the Torah is telling us of the severity of speaking lashon harah.
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