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Parshah Halachah

Halachic Issues Culled from the Parshah


Discussions of laws related to daily Jewish living as sourced in the weekly Torah readings.

Electricity on Shabbat
Parshat Vayakhel
Although the halachic authorities concur that electricity per se is not considered fire, it is nevertheless universally agreed upon that one may not operate electrical appliances on Shabbat. There are various reasons offered for this...
The Obligation to Remain
Parshat Pikudei
A person must behave in a way that is beyond reproach, both the reproach of G‑d and of his fellow man.
Parshat Vayikra
The chassidic masters explain that the more one is nullified before G‑d, the more humble one becomes in the face of G‑d’s infinite greatness . . .
Inheriting Leadership Positions
Parshat Tzav
In Jewish law, we find that certain positions are passed from father to son, provided that the son is worthy of filling his father's post, while other positions are not inherited. This article will explore this issue.
All About Kosher Fish
Parshat Shemini
In order to render a fish kosher, the scales must be visible to the naked eye and they must be easy to remove from the skin of the fish. If the scales can be only be removed after soaking the fish in scalding water, there are differing views as to whether the fish is considered kosher...
Laws of Childbirth
Parshat Tazria
Laws and customs pertaining to pregnancy, labor, birth, and the new mother.
The Power of Speech
Parshat Metzora
How to use one's power of speech in a positive and healing manner.
Permitted Marriages
Parshat Acharei
This article explores the Torah’s rules regarding whom one may and may not marry.
Shatnez: A Mixture of Wool and Linen
Parshat Kedoshim
The reason for this prohibition is not clear. As the verse says: “You shall observe My statutes . . .” This means that this mitzvah is a “chok”—a divine statute that defies (full) comprehension.
The Obligation to Pay Workers on Time
Parshat Kedoshim
The Torah recognizes that often a worker is in urgent need of his wages; he needs to feed himself and/or his family. To postpone paying him may cause him distress and, in some cases, death. In addition, by keeping this mitzvah we train ourselves to be compassionate and kind...
The Kohen's Purity
Parshat Emor
A Kohen may not come in contact with a human corpse. Find out why, how, the exceptions to this rule, and the areas a Kohen should avoid.
Rejoicing on the Holidays
Parshat Emor
By nature people need joyous occasions in their lives. In His kindness, G-d established holidays when we can experience joy in a holy context and express thanksgiving for the miracles G-d has performed for us...
Hurtful Words
Parshat Behar
One should be extremely careful to never shame another in public. This sin is akin to murder; just as blood is spilled in the act of murder, so too when one is shamed the blood drains from his face...
Parshat Bechukotai
All Jewish souls constitute one entity. Our nation is likened to a large body, each soul emanating from one of its 248 limbs. From this stems our mutual responsibility for one another—because we truly are one.
Parshat Bamidbar
The prohibition against counting Jews directly, its reasons and applications.
The Torah Perspective on Alcohol Consumption
Parshat Naso
Our sages say that the original sin of Adam and Eve involved wine, as the Tree of Knowledge was actually (according to one opinion) a grape vine.
Laws of Lashon Hara
Parshat Behaalotecha
We find that lashon hara, negative talk, is a sin that has caused numerous tragedies for the Jewish people, and indeed the world, since the very beginning of history.
Laws of Tzitzit
Parshat Shelach
Our sages say that one who fulfills this mitzvah properly merits to have a wife and children. He is also protected from sin, and in that merit he is assured that he will see the face of the Divine Presence . . .
The Importance of Peace
Parshat Korach
The final paragraph of the Mishnah states: “Great is peace, for G‑d found no other vessel for [His] blessings other than peace.” Meaning that G‑d only sends His blessings to a family, community, country, etc., if it is in a state of peace.
Laws of Doctors & Healing
Parshat Chukat
While we must recognize that every illness is a message from G‑d and take appropriate spiritual action, at the same time we may, and must, use medicines that have healing powers.
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