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Category: Sefer Vayikra

May Kohanim Become Doctors – Part 2

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 22, 2018

Two weeks ago we began to explore the question of whether kohanim may become doctors according to halakhah.   We noted that three halakhic arguments could be advanced to question the applicability of this prohibition to the case at hand: (1) Kohanim nowadays are only presumed (hazakha) to be kohanim and might only have the status of doubtful (safek) kohanim; (2) If we are all presumed to be tamei nowadays, then, according to Ra’avad, kohanim do not violate a Biblical prohibition by becoming tamei again by a corpse; (3) According to Yereim, it is not a violation for kohanim to become tamei by the corpse of a non-Jew. …

See and Sanctify

by Rabbi Dov Linzer
Posted on March 15, 2018

החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים – This month, the month of Nissan, shall be for you the first of the months.  So opens parashat HaChodesh.  It is the first mitzvah given to the Children of Israel, to sanctify the months – כזה ראה וקדש – like this, when the moon, in the midst of darkness, appears once again, like this shall you see and sanctify.…

Protecting the Canaanite? Sheltering the Moabite? Immigrants and Refugees in Tanakh and Halakha

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on July 5, 2017

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Playing God: The Theology of Genetic Engineering

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on May 12, 2017

  How do the Torah and rabbinic sources view the idea of genetic engineering, specifically as it relates to plants? The following sources are meant to prompt a discussion regarding this question. 1. VaYikra 19:19 אֶֽת־חֻקֹּתַי֮ תִּשְׁמֹרוּ֒ בְּהֶמְתְּךָ֙ לֹא־תַרְבִּ֣יעַ כִּלְאַ֔יִם שָׂדְךָ֖ לֹא־תִזְרַ֣ע כִּלְאָ֑יִם וּבֶ֤גֶד כִּלְאַ֙יִם֙ שַֽׁעַטְנֵ֔ז לֹ֥א יַעֲלֶ֖ה עָלֶֽיךָ׃ You shall observe My laws.…

Structure and Order in Parashat Kedoshim (Hebrew)

by Rabbi Dr. Yoel Bin-Nun
Posted on December 9, 2016

The Theme of Kedusha in Sefer Vayikra and the Torah

by Rabbi Saul J. Berman
Posted on December 9, 2016

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Azazel: An It or A He?

by Dr. Leeor Gottlieb
Posted on December 9, 2016

Biblical Leprosy: Peshat and Derash

by Rabbi Shalom Carmy
Posted on December 9, 2016

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What Is the Purpose of Animal Sacrifice?

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on December 9, 2016

Beyond Good and Evil: A Philosophical Reclamation of the Concept of Holiness

by Rabbi Aryeh Klapper
Posted on November 30, 2016

The Mekallel and His Significance in Sefer Vayikra

by Rabbi Nachman Levine
Posted on November 30, 2016

Understanding the Prohibition of Ribbit- Charging Interest (Hebrew)

by Rabbanit Dr. Michal Tikochinsky
Posted on November 30, 2016