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Yeshiva WebsiteThe Pursuit of Meaning
A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly portion "Vayikra".
  • To be a Free Nation in its Land
    Parashat Tazria opens with the command to do a brit mila on a baby’s eighth day. It would seem that we thereby make a bodily sign of being like slaves of Hashem, which would indicate that we left the bondage of Egypt to be slaves to Hashem. So in what way did we become free men? We will investigate this matter as we go through, in the coming weeks, the holidays of spring (Pesach, Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, Yom Ha’atzmaut, Lag Ba’omer, Yom Yerushalayim, and Shavuot).
  • A Skin Disorder...Only in Israel?!
    Explaining why the fact that one can only get tzara'at - a biblical disease - in Israel is actually a good thing for Israelis!
  • Believing is Seeing
    May I be mekadeish levanah now, although I am indoors, and I am also obviously looking at the moon through a window? The brocha of borei me’orei ha’eish on an electric light - could one do this when a lightbulb must be encased in glass for it to burn? What do the above questions have to do with this week’s parsha?
  • The Childrens Prosperity
    . It has been statistically shown that as prosperity rises in certain sections of society, the birthrate in that section of society declines. For me, this was always counterintuitive.
  • How to Praise
    The Sages were eloquent on the subject of lashon hara, the sin they took to be the cause of tsara’at. But there is a meta-halachic principle: “From the negative you can infer the positive”.Therefore there must in principle be a concept of lashon hatov, good speechץ
  • Comfort In Time Of Loss
    When we lose someone close to us, the pain is almost unbearable. How can we find solace and comfort at such times?
  • 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.
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