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A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly portion "Shmini".
  • Reticence vs. Impetuosity
    It should have been a day of joy. The Israelites had completed the Mishkan, the Sanctuary. But tragedy struck. The two elder sons of Aaron “offered a strange fire" and they died. Aaron’s joy turned to mourning.
  • Lessons of Parshas Shemini
    “I work as a leather tanner. Should I train for a different parnasah, so that I can make a living after Moshiach comes?” “What is the difference between a toad and a frog?” What does either of the previous two questions have to do with this week’s parshah?
  • The Rules of Kosher Food
    One of the more distinguishing life values which Judaism advocates is the type of food that a Jew eats. Perhaps no other area of Jewish life has evoked so much scholarship and divergence of opinions.
  • Meat eater - Pack up for Israel!
    deducting from the Torah reading why you're better off eating meat in Israel than in the Diaspora.
  • Why Eat Kosher?
    What's the connection between working in a recording studio and eating non-kosher food?
  • Make Sure your Head Is Straight
    In the aftermath of the death of two of Aharon’s sons, who brought “a foreign fire” (Vayikra 10:1), the Torah commands kohanim not to drink wine or other intoxicating drinks before entering or serving in the holy sanctum (ibid. 9). The Torah goes on: “… and to make rulings for Bnei Yisrael on all of the statutes that Hashem spoke to them by Moshe’s hand” (ibid. 11).
  • Meat eater Pack up for Israel!
    The Torah sums up the whole section about eating animals with the mention of coming to Israel. Why are these two issues connected?
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