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Leviticus, the Book of

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Leviticus, the Book of: The third of the Five Books of Moses, describes the inauguration of the Tabernacle, and contains many of the mitzvot, including the laws of sacrifices.
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"אם בחקתי תלכו ואת מצותי תשמרו" “If in My statutes you will walk and keep My commandments.” (26:3) QUESTION: Why does the parshah start with the word — “im” — (אם) — “if”? ANSWER: The Jewish people have gone through many difficult experiences, but Hashem ...
"וידבר ה' אל משה בהר סיני... ושבתה הארץ שבת לה'... ובשנה השביעת שבת שבתון" “G‑d spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai... the land shall observe a Shabbat rest for G‑d... the seventh year shall be a complete rest for the land.” (25:1-4) QUESTION: What is the conne...
"אמר אל הכהנים בני אהרן ואמרת אלהם" “Say to the Kohanim, the sons of Aharon and tell them.” (21:1) QUESTION: The redundancy of the pasuk including both “emor” — “say” — and “ve’amarta” — “and tell” — teaches us that the elders should educate the minors 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...
"אחרי מות שני בני אהרן" “After the death of the two sons of Aharon.” (16:1) QUESTION: The Midrash Rabbah (20:5) says that when Iyov heard of the death of Nadav and Avihu he said, “Af lezot yecherad libi veyitar mimkomo” — “Also for this my heart trembles ...
"זאת תהיה תורת המצורע ביום טהרתו והובא אל הכהן" “This shall be the law of the metzora (leper) on the day of his purification and he shall be brought to the Kohen.” (14:2) QUESTION: The words “zot tiheyeh torat hametzora” seem to be superfluous. Could the ...
"אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר" “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male.” (12:2) QUESTION: Parshat Shemini concludes with the topic of kosher and non-kosher foods. What is the connection between the end of Parshat Shemini and the beginning of Tazria, w...
"ויהי ביום השמיני...ויאמר משה אל אהרן קרב אל המזבח" “It was on the eighth day...And Moshe said to Aharon, ‘Come near to the altar.’ ” (9:1,7) QUESTION: When the Mishkan was completed, Moshe acted as Kohen Gadol for seven days and trained Aharon. On the ei...
"צו את אהרן ואת בניו לאמר זאת תורת העלה" “Command Aharon and his sons saying, ‘This is the law of the burnt-offering.’ ” (6:2) QUESTION: Rashi writes that the term “tzav” denotes “zeiruz” — encouragement — for the present and future generations, and Rabbi...
"ויקרא אל משה" “And He called to Moshe.” (1:1) QUESTION: Why is it customary for children to begin learning Chumash with Vayikra rather than Bereishit? ANSWER: Little children are innocent and pure (tahor) and Chumash Vayikra discusses karbanot — sacrific...
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