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Sefer Shemot

Pekudei – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Halakhic Status of Bread Made with Both Wheat and Almond Flour

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 14, 2024

וַיַּֽעֲרֹ֥ךְ עָלָ֛יו עֵ֥רֶךְ לֶ֖חֶם לִפְנֵ֣י הֹ כַּֽאֲשֶׁ֛ר צִוָּ֥ה הֹ אֶת־משֶֽׁה He set upon it an arrangement of bread before Hashem as Hashem had commanded Moses (Shemot 40:23). QUESTION—Washington, D.C. A bread made with mostly rice flour but some wheat flour would be HaMotzi if you could taste the wheat.…

Consciousness for Crafting a Sacred Space

by Rabbanit Yaffah Aronoff
Posted on March 14, 2024

The close of the Book of Exodus is breathtaking. “The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of God filled the Mishkan (Tabernacle). Moshe could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud rested upon it and the glory of God filled the Tabernacle” (Ex.…

Vayakhel – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Can a Quilt be Holy?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 7, 2024

מִלֵּ֨א אֹתָ֜ם חָכְמַת־לֵ֗ב לַֽעֲשׂוֹת֘ כָּל־מְלֶ֣אכֶת חָרָ֣שׁ | וְחשֵׁב֒ וְרֹקֵ֞ם בַּתְּכֵ֣לֶת וּבָֽאַרְגָּמָ֗ן בְּתוֹלַ֧עַת הַשָּׁנִ֛י וּבַשֵּׁ֖שׁ וְאֹרֵ֑ג עֹשֵׂי֙ כָּל־מְלָאכָ֔ה וְחֽשְׁבֵ֖י מַֽחֲשָׁבֹֽת: “Them has He filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of workmanship, of the craftsman, of the skillful workman, of the weaver in blue, purple, scarlet, and fine linen, and of the weaver, even of them that do any workmanship, and of those that devise skillful works.”…

Shabbat’s Sanctuary

by Rabbi Daniel Levitt
Posted on March 6, 2024

Parashat Vayakhel opens with a seemingly paradoxical statement. After urging the Israelites to construct the Mishkan (Tabernacle), God instructs Moses to emphasize the importance of refraining from work on Shabbat. The Malbim, a prominent Torah commentator, asks, how can the Torah state “These are the things the Lord has commanded you to DO,” when the command is actually not to do any labor.…

Ki Tisa – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Ordering Fresh Food On Shabbat for Someone with an Eating Disorder

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 28, 2024

וְאַתָּה דַּבֵּר אֶל-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, לֵאמֹר, אַךְ אֶת-שַׁבְּתֹתַי, תִּשְׁמֹרוּ “However, you shall keep My Shabbats” (Shemot 31:13). “From where do we learn that saving a life overrides Shabbat?… Rabbi Yossi bar Rabbi Yehudah says, from this verse: ‘You shall keep my Shabbats, – perhaps for all matters?…

Corporate Corruption: Why Can’t God Have a Body?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on February 28, 2024

You may not believe it, but I was a STAR! Two years ago, I had a TikTok channel (@haggairesnikoff) dedicated to delivering YCT Torah in one minute bites. In one video, I addressed the Jewish rejection of the Christian doctrine that God was made flesh.…

Tetzaveh – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Helping Secular Israelis Celebrate Valentine’s Day

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 21, 2024

וְנָשָׂא אַהֲרֹן אֶת שְׁמוֹת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל בְּחֹשֶׁן הַמִּשְׁפָּט עַל לִבּוֹ בְּבֹאוֹ אֶל הַקֹּדֶשׁ לְזִכָּרֹן לִפְנֵי ה’ תָּמִיד: “And Aharon shall bear the names of the children of Israel in the breastplate of judgment upon his heart, when he goes into the holy place, for a remembrance before the Lord continually.”…

Aharon’s Leadership

by Rabbi Eli Finkelstein
Posted on February 21, 2024

  There is a debate among Biblical commentators as to when the Mitzvah of building the Mishkan was given. Although the plain text places God’s description of the Mishkan before Chet HaEgel, Rashi, through the concept of Ein Mukdam U’Muchar BaTorah, that there is no chronological order to the Torah, explains that the Mishkan was introduced by God after the sin, to testify that God had forgiven Israel.…

Terumah – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Using Ma’aser Kesefaim Money for a Shul’s Building Fund

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 14, 2024

דַּבֵּר אֶל בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְיִקְחוּ לִי תְּרוּמָה מֵאֵת כָּל אִישׁ אֲשֶׁר יִדְּבֶנּוּ לִבּוֹ תִּקְחוּ אֶת תְּרוּמָתִי: Speak unto the children of Israel, that they shall bring to Me an offering: from every person who gives it willingly with his heart shall you take My offering.…

The Persistence of Holiness

by Rabbi Michael Gordan
Posted on February 14, 2024

With the beginning of Parashat Terumah, the book of Shemot puts behind it both the exodus and the civil laws of Mishpatim, and launches into its last great theme—the details of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), its furnishings and construction. The Mishkan will be an integral part of the camp of b’nei Yisrael, the children of Israel, as they move through the desert, and will continue to be a presence after they cross the Jordan into Israel.…

Mishpatim – The Rosh Yeshiva Responds – Returning a Sweater After a Falling Out

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on February 7, 2024

כִּי תִפְגַּע שׁוֹר אֹיִבְךָ אוֹ חֲמֹרוֹ תֹּעֶה הָשֵׁב תְּשִׁיבֶנּוּ לוֹ: “If you encounter your enemy’s ox or his ass going astray, you shalt surely bring it back to him again.” (Shemot 23:4). To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here QUESTION-Cleveland, OH A man wrote to me after cleaning out his grown daughter’s bedroom, he found a sweatshirt that his daughter most likely borrowed years ago from her very close friend.…

What’s the Interest in Lending?

by Rabbi Jacob Siegel
Posted on February 7, 2024

To read this post in Spanish, click here To read this post in French, click here To read this post in Hebrew, click here Shortly after emerging from slavery in Egypt, B’nai Yisrael stand together at the foot of Mount Sinai and receive the Torah.…