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Rabbi Ari Shishler is the director of Chabad of Strathavon, South Africa
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on sending away the mother bird
An amazing insight into personal growth, derived from Rashi’s perspective on what must be the easiest and cheapest mitzvah of all. (we regret the brief audio disruption in the recording)
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on when it was time to leave Sinai
Moshe recounts the moment when the Jews had to continue their journey, away from Mt Sinai. Rashi explains how this anecdote carries important life lessons.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the annulment of vows
Never make promises you cannot keep, right? Rashi highlights how some vows are spiritually essential, others spiritually unhealthy.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the impurity contracted in battle
Rashi explores Talmudic sources to dissect the Torah law about how a person becomes impure if they kill someone.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Ma Tovu
The wicked Balaam wished to curse the Jews, but when he saw the Jewish camp, he simply had to bless us. What was it that he saw?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the proximity of the camps to the Mishkan
In the desert, G-d tells the Jewish people to camp around the Mishkan sanctuary – not too close, but not too far. This carries an important lesson about how a Jew should live his or her life.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on solidifying the priestly position
After the debacle of Korach’s rebellion against Moses, G-d instructs the Jews to give various gifts to the kohanim. Rashi explains how this law reinforces the position of Aaron and his sons.
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on the kids being freed
In ancient times, a destitute man could sell himself as a slave. Are his children enslaved with him? A fascinating insight with a powerful lesson about our difficult Jewish history.
If Rosh Hashanah coincides with Shabbos, we cancel the main mitzvah, the Shofar. The same applies to the Lulav on Sukkot. So, why don’t we cancel a Pesach Seder when the festival falls on Shabbos?
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Aaron not eating the Sin Offering
Moshe and Aharon have a difference in opinion over how Judaism should be practiced, teaching us a spectacular lesson in how to relate to Jewish growth – in ourselves and in others.
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