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Monthly Archive for April, 2012

The Death of Aaron’s Two sons

“And God spoke to Moses after the death of Aaron’s two sons, when they approached God and they died.” There are many opinions and interpretations that explain why Nadav and Avihu died. No explicit sin or mistake is mentioned in this verse and it appears that their death was the result of spiritual elation to […]

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To Touch and be Touched

The two portions of the Torah, Tazria-Metzora deal with the laws concerning צרעת, tzara’at, a skin disease that required the afflicted person to separate from the community until he was completely healed. The Hebrew word for “disease” in this context is נגע, however, this root also has an apparently different meaning, “to touch” (לנגוע). Although […]

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I Thank God with All My Heart

In the book, Beit Aharon, compiled by Rabbi Aharon of Karlin, there is an interpretation of the opening verse in Psalms 111, “Praise God! I thank God with all my heart, in the counsel of the upright and in the congregation,” referring there to three different levels of prayer. “If a person can pray ‘with […]

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