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The name of our Sidra, Shemini, ("the eighth") refers to the day on which Aaron and his sons were inducted as the priests of the Sanctuary. It was also the day on which the presence of G‑d was revealed. But why was it called the eighth day? It followed th...
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. XVII, p. 92ff. I. As mentioned several times, the division of the weekly Torah readings, the 53 parshiyos of the Torah,See Zohar (Midrash HaNelam), Vol. I, p. 104b; Vol. II, p. 206b; Tikkunei Zohar, Tikkun 13 (p. 29b). [is significan...
The seven-day dedication of the Sanctuary was over, and despite the expectations of the Jewish people, the Divine presence had not become manifest. Even after the sacrifices were offered on the eighth day, the hopes of the people had not been fulfilled. A...
A CHABAD HOUSE sticker on a door tells us about the kind of home inside and about the people living there. A PARKING sign lets drivers know that the space is meant to be used for parking cars. A storefront with TOYS on its entrance explains what we can ex...
Shemini; Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Adapted from Likkutei Sichos, Vol. III, p. 973ff; Vol. XVII, p. 92ff; Sefer HaSichos 5749, p. 475ff Learning What It Means To Count In Jewish thought, numbers represent not only concepts in our material world, but spiritual forces which mold our reality. ...
The Uniqueness of the Eighth Day The Kli Yakar explains that thephrase,Vayikra 9:1. “On the eighth day,” implies a connection to the preceding seven days of miluim, which prepared for the final erection of the Sanctuary, as it is written:Ibid., 8:33. “You...
Shemini
The physical symbols of kosher animals represent spiritual characteristics.
Shemini
So we’ve come to realize the subtle but potentially dire effects on our food, but do we ever consider our food’s spiritual “profiles”? Does the food or drink that we consume affect us on a spiritual plane, on a soul level, influencing our character and na...
Leviticus 9:1–11:47
The third section of the Book of Leviticus opens with the description of the eighth (Shemini, in Hebrew) and final day of the installation rituals. After this, it records which animals are permitted for Jewish consumption.
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