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075 - Vayikra 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
076 - Vayikra 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
077 - Vayikra 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
078 - Vayikra 4
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
079 - Vayikra 5
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
080 - Tzav 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
081 - Tzav 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
082 - Tzav 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
083 - Tzav 4
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
084 - Tzav 5
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
084b - Tazria-Metzora 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
084c - Tazria-Metzora 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
085 - Tazria-Metzora 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
086 - Acharei Mos 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
087 - Acharei Mos 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
088 - Kedoshim 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
089 - Kedoshim 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
090 - Emor 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
091 - Emor 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
092 - Emor 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
093 - Emor 4
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
094 - Emor 5
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
095 - Behar-Bechukosai 1
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
096 - Behar-Bechukosai 2
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
097 - Behar-Bechukosai 3
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
098 - Behar-Bechukosai 4
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
16 - Emor - Gan Eden's Bread
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
16 - Vayikra - Pesach, Korbanos and The 13 Principles of Faith
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
17 - Bechukosai - Constancy
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
17 - Tazria/Metzora - Hidden Treasures
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
18 - Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Saying Shema B'Ahava
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In Parshas Acharei Mos, we learn that Eretz Yisroel is unable to tolerate arayos (immorality) and that it will expel people who involve themselves in such behaviors. Hashem's hashgacha (divine providence) is directly upon Klal Yisroel living in Eretz Yisroel, and it is more potent there than any other place Jewish people live. When we say Shema, we are declaring our emunah in Hashem and in His direct hashgacha. In galus, Hashem turns His face away and acts as though He is not directly involved. As Bnei Yisroel we already believe in Hashem's involvement, and when the geulah arrives the entire world will be aware of His presence.
18 - Tzav - The Korbanos Ladder
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
Purim has many allusions to korbanos. When we shect (slaughter) an animal, we are elevating it by allowing it to become part of a higher level of creation, the human. When Esav sold the bechorah to Yaakov, he expressed that he had no desire or use for something transcendent, as he is a man of this world. In contrast, we always work to bring things up and elevate them in order to become closer to Hashem. The names of the advisors who told Achashverosh to kill Vashti are references to the different elements of korbanos. Hashem then planted Esther in the palace so that we could ultimately return to serving Him in the Beis Hamikdash, elevating material elements to come closer to Him.
18 - Vayikra - Chametz on Pesach & In The Mikdash- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the third aliyah of Parshas Vayikra, we learn about the prohibition against bringing se'or (sourdough) or honey on the mizbeach, and the requirement to bring salt with every korban. Chametz (also called se'or, sourdough) represents strict judgement, while the sweet honey represents completer mercy. The world is maintained with a balance of the two, as expressed through the salt (a mixture of fire and water.) We are commanded not to eat chametz on Pesach, which is a time of complete mercy when Hashem took us out from Mitzrayim. The Beis Hamikdash is a place of a blend of rachamim (mercy) and din (judgement), as represented by the required salt, and ban on chametz and honey.
19 - Emor - Lag B'Omer - Emunah of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
A Kohen is prohibited from coming in contact with a corpse, which is the strongest kind of tumah (impurity). A Kohen is set aside to serve Hashem in the Beis Hamikdash, and focuses on the neshama (soul); therefore, he should not come close to a dead body, which is far removed from its neshama. Because the Kohen is working for Hashem, Hashem provides for him, and he is not supposed to worry about making a living. Other people can become like Kohanim in this regard, dedicating their lives to serve Hashem in such a complete manner that He will provide for all of their needs. This was the signature emunah (faith) of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, who was completely focused on Torah. Hashem provided his needs as he learned for 12 years, and he did not need to worry about making a living.
19 - Kedoshim - Kedusha and Prayer
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In Parshas Kedoshim we find the mitzvah of "Kedoshim Tihiyu", we should be kadosh(holy) because Hashem is kadosh. In Parshas Bereishis there is an interesting parallel between the creation of Chava and the creation of man himself. Hashem created a helpmate for Adam in order for him to have someone to connect to, someone created from his very flesh that is similar to him. The creation of man in relation to Hashem serves the same purpose. People have a Tzelem Elokim, as we were created in the image of G-d. This similarity enables us to connect to Him and attach ourselves to His kedusha. Our other unique gift as human beings, the power of speech, allows us to use our connection to Hashem to uplift ourselves and our prayers.
19 - Shemini - Subordination and Initiative
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
There are many different aspects of the sin of Nadav and Avihu that caused their deaths. One aspect that Chazal speak about is that they decided a halacha before their teacher Moshe, thus stepping out of the boundaries of mesorah. However, it seems that Elazar and Isamar did the same thing later on, when they decided to burn the chatas (sin offering) rather than eat it. There is a balance to both of these elements, and a value when done in the proper framework: on the one hand, parents teaching to children, and on the other, children teaching parents.
19 - Tzav - Korban Todah & Pesach- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
20 - Behar, Bechukosai - Illness and Emunah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
20 - Emor - Daas - Connection & Discrimination
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The Kohanim are not allowed to become tameh (ritually impure) from a corpse, which is the physical shell of the body, devoid of the spiritual element. Daas, knowledge and understanding, is a fundamental human trait that distinguishes us from animals and gives us the ability to bring together heaven and earth. With proper daas, we can also discern what needs to be separated and distant from us. We daven for daas in the first request of the weekday Shemoneh Esrei, emphasizing its importance as the prerequisite to any action that we take.
20 - Emor - Sefiras Haomer- Fourth Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the 4th aliyah of Parshas Emor, Sefiras Haomer is discussed as the time period between the bringing of the barley offering on Pesach to the offering of the loaves of bread on Shavuos. This transition from the food of animals to the refined, processed food of a human teaches us about our work during this time period. We are involved in the upward process of refining ourselves as human beings, making sure that we express our G-dliness. We mourn the deaths of Rabi Akiva's students, who did not fully appreciate that a human can reach levels of G-dliness and bringing honor to Hashem, even when we are in golus conditions that are much less than honorable.
20 - Shemini - The Two Fires -Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the 3rd aliyah of Parshas Shemini, there are two descriptions of the fire of Hashem. One is the fire that came out to accept the korban, while the other is the fire that consumed Nadav and Avihu. These two fires express the balance of ahavah(love) and yirah (fear). While ahavah is portrayed through expressiveness and open connection, yirah demands necessary restraint. We need to balance these two elements in serving Hashem, both in the mishkan itself, and as we daven for the return of the mikdash.
20 - Tazria - The Metzora, Pesach & The Power of Speech
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The power of speech as a connector and unifier is the unique power and charge of man. On the night of Pesach, we connect to our ancestors who left Mitzrayim through our koach hadibbur (power of speech). This unique power gives us the ability to join together and become one, unlike the metzora (leper), who uses this power harshly, to divide. Our freedom from Mitzrayim is manifest in our ability to come together as a people, which we are able to do through our power of speech.
21 - Behar - Torah and Agriculture
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
When the yovel year comes, all slaves are freed, reminding us that we can be slaves to no one other than Hashem. As we count between Pesach to Shavuos, we move toward the time when we bring the bikkurim (first fruits) to the Beis Hamikdash, recognizing that what we produce from the land is not our own. Kayin, the first farmer, should have brought this offering to show recognition to Hashem, but he brought the lowest quality produce. This attitude reflects a self-serving one, trying to get the most out of what the land has to offer. However, our job is to recognize that everything comes from Hashem, and we bring proper offerings to reflect this understanding.
21 - Behar, Bechukosai - Returning Home
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
21 - Behar-Bechukosai - Tefillah of Teshuva
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the curses enumerated in Parshas Bechukosai, the word "keri" is repeated multiple times. This is explained to mean a certain coldness and lackadaisical approach to serving Hashem, sometimes doing the right thing, and other times, ignoring His will. In Shemoneh Esrei, when we ask Hashem to help us repent, we want to return to an ideal state when we can serve Him in the Beis Hamikdash. Sincere teshuva (repentance) means genuinely regretting the sin, and changing our ratzon so that we express what we truly want, to serve Hashem properly. Hashem accepts this sincere desire as true teshuva.
21 - Tazria/Metzora - Tzaraas, Humility and Eretz Yisrael
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the 3rd aliyah of Parshas Tazria, tzaraas (leprosy) is discussed on the basar (flesh). This softer term teaches about the importance of humility, and the need to be humble and soft. Tzaraas, a punishment for both improper speech and haughtiness, can only come in Eretz Yisroel, where Hashem's presence is obvious and expressed. It is clear that the existence of Eretz Yisroel relies completely on Hashem, removing any room for haughtiness. When a person acts with humility, that is when they can be healed, unlike the people of Sedom, whose apathy and haughtiness led to their destruction.
22 - Acharei Mos/Kedoshim - Yom Kippur, Angel Powder & Sorcery
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The 3rd aliyah of Parshas Acharei Mos tells us the intriguing avodah (service) on Yom Kippur of the sa'ir l'azazel-the goat sent off a cliff into the wilderness. We discover the stark differences between the lot of Yaakov and the fate of Se'ir-Esav. The service of Yom Kippur directs us to identify with the heavenly, angelic and transcendent connection with Hashem, as opposed to an underworld of sorcery, which is firmly rooted to the earth and physicality in general.
22 - Bechukosai - Choosing Where We Direct Our Energies
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
The blessings and curses of Parshas Bechukosai are specifically read before Shavuos, when we re-commit ourselves to the Torah. Shavuos is the new year for the fruits of the tree, and also the time that we were returned to the immortal state of Adam before he sinned in Gan Eden. Adam’s curse was related to toiling and working the ground, transforming his toil to physical, when it had been purely spiritual in Gan Eden. As we approach the day of Matan Torah, we want our toil to return to the higher, more lofty work that Adam had in Gan Eden-toil in Torah, to refine us and make us better people.
22 - Shemini - Raising Hands in Prayer
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe
In the 2nd aliyah of Parshas Shemini, Moshe and Aharon bless Bnei Yisroel that the presence of Hashem should come down into their midst. Aharon blesses the people as well, and he raises his hands for this bracha. This is similar to the raising of Moshe's hands during the war with Amalek, in order to turn our hearts toward Hashem. We recognize that our efforts are not what accomplish; rather, it is Hashem's doing that makes our work come to fruition.
23 - Emor - Perfect Korbonos- Third Aliyah
by Hauer, Rabbi Moshe