Emor 5772

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sefiras Haomer is mentioned in Emor, and the posuk says "You shall count for you 7 weeks." What does it mean "for you"? R' Yisroel Salanter explains that during Sefirah, we prepare ourselves to acquire the Torah FOR OURSELVES. That's why Pirkei Avos tells us 48 ways to acquire Torah; we're supposed to work on one way each day and one day to review it all. May we all be zocheh to acquiring the Torah by the end of Sefirah.

Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5772

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

In the second Parsha we read, Kedoshim, Hashem tells Moshe to "speak to the whole congregation of Israel" (19:2). The Chizkuni explains that this Parsha was spoken the nation as a group (as opposed to small, seperate groups). The reason for this is because Kedoshim includes many Mitzvos that parallel the 10 Commandments. Why say them here? Because Bnei Yisroel thought in order to stay established in Israel, they only needed to do certain Mitzvos. Hashem was teaching them that it is essential to keep the fundamental and foundational Mitzvos.
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