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The Mitzva of Torah Study – Moreinu HaRav Shlit”a

1. The Obligation to Study Torah Most mitzvos have clearly defined parameters.  By placing a mezuzah on one’s doorposts, or eating a k’zayis of matza on Seder night, one fulfills his obligation, and nothing more must be done.  This is not true of the mitzva of Torah study, which requires us to constantly pursue the wisdom of Hashem.  What then are the parameters of this mitzva?  What is required, and what i ...

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Remembering What We Saw at Sinai – Moreinu Harav Shlit”a

פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך[1]  In this Parsha we return to the scene at Har Sinai, and we read again how Bnei Yisrael prefaced נעשה to נשמע.  We are commanded never to forget this momentous event, as the passuk states, “השמר לך… פן תשכח את הדברים אשר ראו עיניך”, beware and guard yourself lest you forget the things your eyes have seen.  According to the Ramban, this is counted as one of the מצות לא תעשה ...

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Hachodesh Hazeh Lachem – Moreinu HaRav shlit”a

 החדש הזה לכם ראש חדשים ראשון הוא לכם לחדשי השנה,  This month shall be for you the beginning of the months,  it shall be for you the first of the months of the year.                 The Medrash states[2], R’ Levi in the name of R’ Yossi bar Ilai said ‘it is appropriate that the bigger one count according to the bigger and the smaller one to count according to the smaller.  Esav counts according to the sun w ...

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