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The Torah Learning Library of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah

Category: Mikdash, Korbanot and Kohanim

Revealing the Selection of the Leveeim – A Three Act Drama in Bamidbar

by Rabbi Dr. Avi WalfishPosted on October 26, 2016

Sacrifice at the Center: Teaching Korbanot as Advanced Theology

by Rabbi Eric GrossmanPosted on October 21, 2016

Responses to the Churban: Crying, Laughing and Taking Action

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 10, 2016

The most immediate response to the destruction of the Temple was crying, sorrow and lamentations – a response that we try to relive on Tisha b’Av.  But it is not possible, certainly on a national level, for the sense of tragedy and loss to dominate and define our religious life.  We thus find that soon Continue Reading »

Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai and Zekher Le-Mikdash

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on July 5, 2016

Rabbi Yohanan Ben Zakai (RYBZ), leader of the Jewish people during the period immediately following the destruction of the temple, established a number of edicts (takanot) during his tenure. The Talmud places the total number at nine, six of which are explicitly stated in the Mishnah, and three more are attributed to him by the Continue Reading »

The Unique Character of the Holiness of Jerusalem

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Terumah talks about the first synagogue of all time – the mishkan. Because the chasm between the finite human being and the infinite God is great, the mishkan was established so that there would be a tangible place where people could feel more intensely, more powerfully, the presence of God. Synagogues have followed the model Continue Reading »

Sacrifices Celebrate Our Love of God

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Tzav continues the theme of the sacrificial service. There are many suggestions as to the reasoning behind this enigmatic, yet important element of our tradition. Ramban understands the Mishkan (tabernacle) as a kind of portable Mt. Sinai. Mt. Sinai was a physical mountain through which the Jewish people were able to feel God’s presence more Continue Reading »

Holy Imperfection

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on May 5, 2016

Acharei-Mot details the special avodah, the sacrificial rites, that the High Priest performed on Yom Kippur to affect atonement for the Jewish people. However, as the Vilna Gaon noted in Kol Eliyahu, the Torah only introduces the connection to Yom Kippur at the very end of the lengthy description of this special avodah. The framing of the avodah is not Continue Reading »

Have You Done Your Korban Pesach Yet?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 1, 2016

Parashat Parah commemorates the process of purification that would precede the bringing of the korban Pesach. Appropriately, sometimes we read it at the end of Parashat Shmini, which describes how, after the completion of the dedication of the altar, the sacrifices would henceforth be desired and received in Heaven: “And there came a fire out Continue Reading »

Reading God in the Megillah

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 23, 2016

We often speak of the clergy as “klei kodesh,” literally, “holy vessels.” There is something beautiful about this as it allows us to see them as vessels for connecting with God. But at the same time, there is something dehumanizing about this label. It transforms clergy from subjects to objects, taking away their personhood and Continue Reading »

Sacrifices? What Sense Does that Make?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on March 17, 2016

The second half of the book of Shemot focused on creating the Mishkan as a Sanctuary in which God Godself could dwell among the Children of Israel. In contrast, the book of Vayikra focuses on what is done in that Sanctuary: first and foremost, the bringing of sacrifices. What is the connection between sacrifices and the Temple? The Torah Continue Reading »

Do Clothes Make the Man?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 17, 2016

After completing the detailed description of the Mishkan and its furnishings in Terumah, the Torah turns to the priestly garments to be worn by Aharon and his sons in Tetzaveh. The two parshiyot open in very similar ways. In commanding the building of the Mishkan, the Torah also states the purpose it is meant to achieve: “And Continue Reading »

From Promise to Practice

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on February 11, 2016

During the events of the Giving of the Torah, the Children of Israel have been pretty passive. When asked for their assent to the Torah before and after it was given they responded, “We will do.” and they participated in a ceremony marking their covenant with God. But they had not yet had a chance Continue Reading »