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#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer VayikraParshas #Emorאֱמֹר - SpeakWhile Parashas Kedoshim concludes with...
05/14/2019
Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Vayikra - OU Press

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer Vayikra

Parshas #Emor

אֱמֹר - Speak

While Parashas Kedoshim concludes with prohibited sexual relations, Parashas Emor begins with a discussion of the laws of the kohanim: whom a kohen is permitted to marry, the blemishes that disqualify a kohen from serving in the Temple, and the laws of impurity which pertain specifically to the kohen. What is the basis for the transition of Parashas Kedoshim to Parashas Emor?

Many of the prohibitions of forbidden relationships (arayos) were not imposed exclusively on Israel; even non-Jews are prohibited in many of these same areas by the Noahide laws. At the time of the Flood, the earth rebelled against all of mankind as a result of the abrogation of these laws. Sexual immorality has a metaphysical consequence that other sins lack: the acts themselves defile the land (18:27). If acts of impurity are committed, and the land is polluted, then there is only one remedy—to purify and purge the land.

The Torah begins in Genesis with the consequences of violating the universal principles of sexual morality. God explained to the Israelites that their predecessors were ejected from the land for transgressing these laws. However, Israel was given many more restrictions in this domain. The additional prohibitions imposed upon Klal Yisrael were instituted to reflect the unique sanctity that they possessed—His nation must maintain a higher standard than required of mankind as a whole. The details of this heightened standard are enumerated in Acharei Mos, and the punishments for its violation are listed in Kedoshim.

Now, in Emor, God imparted another message—that even within Klal Yisrael, there is a group whose restrictions in this regard are more stringent. There are prohibitions that apply to all Jews, and those which affect only one sector of the Jewish community. A divorcee, a chalalah or a zonah are allowed to marry an Israelite, yet are prohibited to the kohen.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic comme...

Excerpted from Dr. Erica Brown's "Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada:"Ĥad Gadya asks us not to fear the repetition of...
04/18/2019
Had Gadya, One Little Goat | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

Excerpted from Dr. Erica Brown's "Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada:"

Ĥad Gadya asks us not to fear the repetition of our hardest hours in history because God breaks the cycle of violence, and we endure.

#Pesach #Passover #Seder #Haggada

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Excerpted from Dr. Erica Brown's 'Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada,' co-published by OU Press and Maggid Books One little goat Had Gadya is a fanciful

#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Festivals of Faith:"Sabbath of Greatness - #ShabbatHaGadolShabb...
04/12/2019
The Sabbath of Greatness | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Festivals of Faith:"

Sabbath of Greatness - #ShabbatHaGadol

Shabbat ha-Gadol celebrates nes gadol, the magic and the miracle of genuine greatness achieved by our people. This was real gadlut: greatness from within, not at someone else’s expense. Gadlut consists of achieving eminence without crushing another human being.

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Shabbat haGadol celebrates the magic & miracle of greatness achieved by our people. This was real gadlut: greatness from within, not at someone else’s expense.

#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Haggada"Making Sense of the Seder II - A Historic Pers...
04/05/2019
Unlocking the Haggada: Making Sense of the Seder II - A Historical Perspective | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Haggada"

Making Sense of the Seder II - A Historic Perspective

The lessons learned around the image of the first #Pesach table continue to inform our journey to this day.

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Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's Unlocking the Haggada, co-published by OU Press and Gefen Publishers Making Sense of the Seder I: A Historical

"With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai," by Senator Joe Lieberman is on sale now.Explore t...
04/03/2019

"With Liberty and Justice: The Fifty-Day Journey from Egypt to Sinai," by Senator Joe Lieberman is on sale now.

Explore the link between #Passover and #Shavuot – and the connection between the concepts of liberty and law. Mapping the fifty-day journey between the two holidays, fifty short essays are presented, arguing that the Exodus on Passover remains incomplete without the Revelation on Shavuot.

Drawing on the wide range of sources, from Biblical, rabbinic literature, US politics and modern legal theory, and Jewish humor and American folklore, the authors chart the annual trek from Egypt to Sinai, illustrating that there can be no liberty without law and no freedom without justice.

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#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - #Leviticus:"Parshat ...
03/29/2019
Parshat Shemini - Moving Beyond Respect | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - #Leviticus:"

Parshat #Shemini

There are two concepts that are mentioned by Moses: kedusha, holiness, and kavod, honor or respect. Kavod is something that the masses are capable of. Kedusha is something which only the initiates are capable of and obligated to achieve.

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Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Leviticus, co-published by OU Press and Maggid Books Moving Beyond

Available now on OU PressHaggadat Mesorat HaRav – an all-Hebrew edition of "The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening," with...
03/26/2019
Haggadat Mesorat HaRav (Hebrew) - OU Press

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Haggadat Mesorat HaRav – an all-Hebrew edition of "The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening," with expanded commentary and additional insights of the Rav on the Haggadah.

Haggadat Mesorat HaRav contains the profound teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik on the Haggadah in Hebrew, edited by Rabbi Menachem Genack.

This edition also features Shir HaShirim with commentary drawn from the Rav’s works.

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Available now – an all-Hebrew edition of The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, with expanded commentary and additional insights of the Rav on the Haggadah.

03/19/2019
Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Vayikra - OU Press

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #Vayikra

Parshas #Tzav

וַיִּקַּח מֹשֶׁה אֶת שֶׁמֶן הַמִּשְׁחָה וַיִּמְשַׁח אֶת הַמִּשְׁכָּן - And Moses took the anointing oil and anointed the Sanctuary

Moses anointed the walls of the Mishkan with the special anointing oil required for its sanctification. The Mishnah in Shevuos (14a) states that when expanding the area of the Beis Hamikdash, there is a procedure that must be followed to sanctify the new boundaries. This procedure involves the participation of the king, a prophet, the urim vetumim, and the seventy-one members of Sanhedrin, and the offering of two thanksgiving sacrifices accompanied by song.

Notably missing from this list, however, is the shemen hamishchah. Why is it that this essential component, needed by Moses to sanctify the Mishkan, is not required for the procedure to sanctify the Beis Hamikdash? Conversely, we may ask why the involved procedure discussed in the Mishnah for expanding the Beis Hamikdash wasn’t necessary for sanctifying the Mishkan.

There is a major distinction between the sanctification procedure for the Mishkan in the desert and that of the Beis Hamikdash in Jerusalem, for their respective kedushos are very different from one another. The sanctity of the Beis Hamikdash can be described as kedushas hamakom, sanctity of its location. Its kedushah is defined by the particular place where the Beis Hamikdash stood, and not by the physical structure.

The Mishkan’s sanctity, on the other hand, can be described as kedushas haguf, sanctity of the actual structure, not the place upon which it stood. Since the Mishkan was movable and was erected in different places, there was no sanctity to those geographical locations; otherwise, the original location would have retained its kedushah, while the Mishkan itself would have lost its kedushah upon its erection in a new location. This type of kedushah can be compared to the sanctity of a keli shareis—the vessels used for offerings. The contents of these vessels were sanctified wherever they might be, irrespective of the vessel’s location.

The sanctification procedure as performed by Moses involved anointing the walls of the Mishkan, thus sanctifying the actual physical structure with kedushah, which is identical to the way Moses sanctified the klei shareis (see Yoma 12b). The kedushah of the Beis Hamikdash, on the other hand, derived from the sanctity of its location. The shemen hamishchah was never used to generate kedushas makom, but only to provide kedushas haguf. A special procedure was therefore necessary to
expand the Beis Hamikdash, involving the ritual described in the Mishnah in Shevuos.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic comme...

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Vayikra:"Parshat #Vayikra - The Leadersh...
03/15/2019
Parshat Vayikra: The Leadership Quandary | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Vayikra:"

Parshat #Vayikra - The Leadership Quandary

Why does the Torah state “when a leader sins” rather than “if a leader sins”?

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The Torah outlines a series of cases where acts committed b’shogeig give rise to obligatory sin offerings. Covered in the text are unintentional sins committed by priests, communities, rulers and individuals. In each of the above situations the Torah raises the possibility of sin, with one glaring...

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"Parshat ...
03/08/2019
Parshat Pekudei: Time, Space, and Man | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"

Parshat #Pekudei

Judaism considers that time (shana), space (olam), and man (nefesh) interpenetrate each other and are interdependent – a framework that has high spiritual significance.

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Excerpted from Rabbi Norman Lamm's Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages -- Exodus, co-published by OU Press and Maggid Publishers Time, Space, and

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #ShemosParshas #Pekudeiכַּֽאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶ...
03/05/2019
Chumash Mesoras HaRav – Sefer Shemos - OU Press

#TorahTuesday Chumash Mesoras HaRav - Sefer #Shemos

Parshas #Pekudei

כַּֽאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶת־מֹשֶֽׁה - as the Lord had commanded Moses

In building the Golden Calf, the nation felt the need to have the deity rest in some type of object or structure. If so, what was the difference between the Golden Calf and Mishkan? The answer is provided by this phrase. As each article of the Mishkan was assembled and put in place, each action was affirmed by the statement, כַּֽאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה יְהוָֹה אֶת־מֹשֶֽׁה. Every move was commanded.

All cultic performances and ceremonies introduced by humans are guided solely by esthetics. Many religions use an organ in their religious services, introduced not to enhance the service but to enhance the esthetics of the experience. If, for example, one comes home on Friday night after sunset, yet still lights Shabbos candles, the motivation is not religious but esthetic. The religious act thus becomes profane. The Golden Calf was motivated by esthetics, and using esthetics as the basis for religious service constitutes avodah zarah.

The pioneering Chumash Mesoras HaRav series contains the full text of Chumash together with the exceptional commentary of the Rav, Rabbi Joseph B. #Soloveitchik. Chumash Mesoras HaRav adapts the Rav’s writings and teachings into a commentary that reflects his intellectual depth, explanatory creativity, and timeless insight.

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Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, the “Rav,” was the towering rabbinic thinker of the 20th century. As part of the wellspring of his Torah knowledge, he taught, wrote, and lectured extensively on Chumash with profound insight and brilliant creativity. The Rav, however, never wrote a systematic comme...

#ShabbatShalom Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"Parshat #VayakhelWhy does Moshe a...
03/01/2019
Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei: Understanding Shabbat - OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Shmuel Goldin's "Unlocking the Torah Text - Shmot:"

Parshat #Vayakhel

Why does Moshe abruptly insert the subject of Shabbat, apparently out of context, specifically at this historic moment of launching the construction of the Mishkan?

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The genius of Shabbat is evident from its laws. Through the cessation of melacha, this holy day teaches us how to reclaim proper life perspective.

#ShabbatShalomExcerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"Parashat ...
02/22/2019
Parshat Ki Tisa: Stubbornness | Everyday Jewish Living | OU Press

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Excerpted from Rabbi Dr. Norman J. Lamm's "Derashot Ledorot: A Commentary for the Ages - Exodus:"

Parashat #KiTisa

If we want to be kosher Jews, Jews who are genuine and authentic heirs of the Torah tradition, we must possess strong backbones and stiff necks.

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A blanket condemnation of stubbornness does not fit in. On the one hand God points to stubbornness as the root of the sin of idolatry, and while he blames obstinacy for His withdrawal from Israel, on the other hand, it is this very characteristic that Moses presents as a reason why God should rejoin...

NEW from OU Press and Maggid Books"Blessings and Thanksgiving Reflections on the Siddur and Synagogue"a collection of es...
02/20/2019
Blessings and Thanksgiving - OU Press

NEW from OU Press and Maggid Books

"Blessings and Thanksgiving
Reflections on the Siddur and Synagogue"

a collection of essays from Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik

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For Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the most profound religious thinkers of the twentieth century, prayer expresses a Jew’s deepest religious emotions and makes explicit the foundations of Jewish faith. The topic of prayer therefore preoccupied Rabbi Soloveitchik throughout his long career.

New from OU Press"Unlocking the Haggada" by Rabbi Shmuel GoldinThe Complete Haggada with In-Depth CommentaryFollowing on...
02/13/2019
Unlocking the Haggada - OU Press

New from OU Press

"Unlocking the Haggada" by Rabbi Shmuel Goldin
The Complete Haggada with In-Depth Commentary

Following on the success of his "Unlocking the Torah Text" series on the five books of Chumash, noted author Rabbi Shmuel Goldin has turned his skilled pen to explaining the Haggada.

"Unlocking the Haggada" answers such questions as: What are the overall goals of this richly textured Seder service? How does the Haggada, step by step, enable the realization of these goals? What are the connections between each paragraph of the Haggada and the next? Why do the rabbis structure the evening as they do?

Rabbi Goldin’s answers to these and other fundamental questions draw on sources from the dawn of Jewish history to today. Including five introductory essays, extensive “Food for Thought” geared to motivate questions and discussion, and a visually-appealing color layout,

"Unlocking the Haggada" is the perfect accompaniment for each Seder participant along the steps of the extraordinary journey which is the Passover Seder.

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Why another Haggada? Rabbi Shmuel Goldin, former president of the Rabbinical Council of America, renews the traditional guide to the Passover Seder service with his emphasis on the big picture. What is the Seder really all about? What are the overall goals of this richly textured service? How does t...

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