The Real Estate Crisis

Reuven Kolton Former avrech in Memphis (2006-2009) M.A in Economics. Teaching Assistant in Ben-Gurion University and Sapir Academic College   The Real Estate Crisis If houses could talk, I wonder what they would say about the real estate situation. “Did you...

The Holiness of Intimacy – 5777

Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger Former Shaliach in Boca Raton (1999-2007) Currently Executive Director and Community Rabbinic Scholar of Dallas Kollel   The Holiness of Intimacy   Outside of the orthodox community, the laws of family purity are not much talked about...

Purely Connected – 5776

Rabbi Gideon Weitzman Former Rosh Kollel in Kansas City (1999-2000) Head of the English Speaking Section of the “Puah” Institute   Purely Connected The Public and the Private This week’s Parshah continues the theme of the Book of Vayikra that is also called...

Tazria Mesora

At the beginning of our parsha the Torah commands the woman who gave birth, to bring a sin offering. The commentators struggle with the following question: what is the sin that the woman who gave birth committed? What is the transgression that obligated her to bring a...

The Duality Of Man

This week’s double Parasha is full of technical, physiological phenomena. However, there is an interesting pattern that can be observed between the two portions. While Parashat Tazria ends with the laws of the kosher and non-kosher species of animals, Parashat...

Sin And Its Punishment

It emerges from many sources in our tradition that nega’im – the tzara’at afflictions described in Parshiyot Tazria and Metzora – serve as a punishment for the sin of lashon hara (improper speech about others). But how might we explain the...

Parshat Tazria and Parshat HaChodesh – 5768

Rabbi Eli Blum Former Rosh Kollel in Cleveland (2007)   Parshat Tazria focuses on the issues of tumahv’taharah (ritual impurity and purity) – including tumat hayoledet (a woman who has just given birth) and tumat nega’im (literally, lesions or afflictions)....

The Impurity of Childbirth – 5766

Our Torah portion begins with the laws of tumah (impurity) for a woman after childbirth: Speak to the Jewish people thus: When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days; she shall be impure just as at the time of separation when she...