CategoryVayikra

Acharei: What’s Between the Lines?

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The Talmud records a bizarre argument between the High Priest and the Chief Rabbis.
For generations, readers have been puzzled: Is that behavior befitting the most distinguished members of the Jewish people?
In 1986, the Rebbe explained it's deeper meaning.

Pesach: Security Measures

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The world around us is tumultuous and turbulent. Terrorism in Israel, the war in Europe and divisions in societies around the world evoke feelings of fear and anxiety. What can we do about it?

During the Plague of the Firstborn, blood on doorposts protected the Jews. What its modern day version?

Tazria: Lamplighters

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Who was responsible for streetlights in the olden days? What is the ultimate Jewish nail treatment? And how does it relate to being a Chassid?

Behar-Bechukosai: Three Layers of Comfort

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Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, his son Rabbi Elazar, and the Rebbe each provide a message of encouragement to the Jewish people. The inspiration begins with the Talmud, continues through the Zohar, and receives a new layer of insight through the teachings of Chassidism.

Emor: High Court on the Dock

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The prophet Elijah delivers a scathing rebuke to the High Court, the group of the most respected elders of Israel. Their crime? They failed to wander through the shtetls and teach Jewish children.

Passover: Four Questions for Life

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On Passover eve, we all gather around the Seder table and turn our attention to the children’s recital of the Four Questions. These Questions are not just children’s play. They have deep meaning and relevance for every person’s life. The following pages contain a new and original interpretation for the ancient and beloved text.

Vayikra: How Many Times Could You Ask?

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During the central prayer in Jewish tradition, the Amidah, we ask G-d for health, wealth and happiness. But why is it recited three times a day? Can't I suffice with once a day? And what if I lack nothing--What am I praying for?

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