A message for Purim from the Rema 5779

A message for Purim from the Rema By Rav Hillel Van-Leeuwen  Head of Leadership Development The Mizrachi World Movement Rabbi Moshe Isserlis was an eminent Polish Ashkenazi rabbi, Rosh Yeshiva, philosopher, Talmudist and posek. The Rema was ordained Rabbi at the...

Vayikra

Rabbi Yehuda Susman Former Rosh Kollel in Chicago (2000-2002) Currently Rosh Yeshivat Eretz HaTzvi...

Following the Calling

Yonatan Sinclair Former Shaliach (Cape Town, 2004-05) Currently Head of Hachshara Department, World Bnei Akiva . . Following the Calling This week we will start reading the book of Vayikra, a book focusing mainly on the sacrifices and the work of the kohanim in the...

Being Close to G-d – 5777

Eli Lipcshitz Former Shaliach in Washington Currently Cadet at Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs   Being Close to G-d  The Book of Shemot ends with what seems to be the epitome of closeness between G-d and mankind. Moshe descends from Mont Sinai,...

Divine Togetherness in Israel – 5776

Rabbi Jake Vidomlanski Fromer Shaliach in Cleveland (1998-1999) Currently Ram at Yeshivat Lev HaTorah and Sgan Rosh Moshava IO   Divine Togetherness in Israel The Holy Rupshitzer (Rav Naphtali Tzvi Horowitz) was fond of telling over an incident from one of his...

The Sacrifice, The Kohen, And The Individual

This week we begin reading Sefer Vayikra, which already Chazal have called “Torat Kohanim.” Our parasha, as well as next week’s parasha (Parashat Tzav), deal with the laws concerning the various sacrifices. I would like to focus on the unique feature...

Love Story In The Slaughter House

We at times have a reaction of wonder and bewilderment when we consider the entire topic of korbanot. Initially, at first glance, the act of offering a sacrifice seems strange, anaesthetic, certainly unholy, and perhaps even irrational. A holy place, we would think,...

Visible Means Of Support

“And he shall place his hand [v”samach yado] upon the head of the elevated offering [”ola]; and it shall be accepted for him, to atone for him.” (Lev. I,9 ) In this column, we shall concentrate upon the idea of s”mikha, placing one”s hand upon...