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In the famous 19th chapter of Vayikra, which is a summary of many essential principles of the Torah, the laws about fruit-trees are stated. The produce of the first three years of the tree’s life (orlah) is forbidden. The fourth year produce (neta revai) ...
This Torah reading contains the command, “Love your fellow man as yourself.” Seemingly, this is demanding the impossible. We care for others only to the extent that we perceive a common denominator, but that common denominator affects only a limited part ...
It was during Chumash class. Out of the corner of his eye, the teacher noticed a quiet conversation in the back of the classroom. “May I borrow your sharpener?” Shmuel whispered to Danny, as he pointed to the broken point of his pencil. Danny shook his he...
Kedoshim
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 254ff; Vol. XII, p. 91ff;Sichos Shabbos Parshas Acharei-Kedoshim, 5745 Is There Any Gray? When many people start thinking about a religious code, they almost automatically envision a list of “Do’s” and “Don’ts.” Def...
Forbidden Fruit Parshas Kedoshim mentions the prohibition against orlah, which forbids benefitting from the fruit of a tree for the first three years after it is planted. This prohibition applies even if such a tree becomes confused with ordinary trees. T...
Leviticus 19:1–20:27
The seventh section of the Book of Leviticus continues the theme of the preceding section. The Jewish people, having been made into “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” at the Giving of the Torah, must adhere to a specific code of conduct in order to ...
"דבר אל כל עדת בני ישראל ואמרת אלהם קדשים תהיו" “Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say to them, ‘You shall be holy.’ ” (19:2) QUESTION: The meaning of the text would be conveyed with the word, “lahem.” Why does the Torah choose th...
Kedoshim
Isn’t marriage between man and woman a violation of the laws of kilayim, which prohibit the intermixing of divergent species?
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