Monthly Archives: March 2011

Menachot 20b – Two Shkiyas and Rabbeinu Tam’s Tzeit HaKokhavim – Part II

In a previous post we discussed the two major positions regarding bein ha’shemashot – that of the Geonim and GR”A who state that it begins at sunset and ends 13.5 minutes later; and that of Rabbeinu Tam who states that … Continue reading

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Menachot 20b – Two Shkiyas and Rabbeinu Tam’s Tzeit HaKokhavim – Part I

Today’s daf yomi, Menachot 20b, mentions in passing that the blood of a korban and the kometz become invalid at sunset – בשקיעת החמה.  There is a very large Tosafot here (s.v. nifsal) which shortens the daf considerably and makes … Continue reading

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Menachot 18b – A Kohen Who Does Not Accept All the Rites of Priesthood

Today’s daf yomi, on Menachot 18b, quotes the statement of Rebbe Shimon that “Any Kohen who does not accept all the rites that were given to the children of Aharon has no portion in the kehuna, the priesthood.”   That is, … Continue reading

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Why did Aharon burn the Chatat? – A New Explanation

A number of recent posts have addressed some of the korbanot themes that arise in parshat Vayikra, Tzav and Shmini.  Certainly, one of the most challenging korbanot sections to understand from these parshiyot is the exchange between Moshe and Aharon … Continue reading

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Mikdash, Closeness to God, and the Dangers of Unbridled Religious Passion

What follows is the post that I made this week on my parsha website, The Weekly Parsha.   I post it here as well because of its relevance to the daf yomi and the learning of seder Kodoshim.  Also highly relevant … Continue reading

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Tzav and Vayikra – Some Additional Thoughts

In two recent posts we discussed the differences between Tzav and Vayikra.  In one, we looked at the difference in the order of the korbanot, and in the other we looked at how the portion of the sacrifices that the … Continue reading

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Menachot 9a – Eating of the Kohanim – Serving God or Satisfying Hunger

In an earlier post, we discussed the perspective of parashat Vayikra – that of the owner who is bringing the sacrifice, in contrast to that of parashat Tzav – that of the Kohanim.  There we suggested that the order of … Continue reading

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