Pearls of Rashi – Parshas Tzav

The Rebbe Teaches Rashi

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This week we read the Torah portion of Tzav. In it, we find that “he shall then take off his garments and put on other garments, and he shall take out the ashes to a clean place outside the camp.” This is stated regarding the removal of the pile of ashes that accumulated on the altar. These ashes were the remnants of the sacrifices which were offered daily on the altar.

Rashi cites the words “he shall then take off his garments,” and explainsas follows. “This is not an obligation, but rather it is the proper manner to conduct oneself.When taking out the ashes, he should not soil the garments in which he regularly officiates. A servant should not wear the same clothing while cooking food for his master as he does when he mixes a…

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45 places you can download tens of thousands books, plays and other literary texts completely legally for free

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In an increasingly digital world, literature is evolving. Sales of e-readers continue to rise, yet the cost of digital books and texts has not necessarily decreased to the extent to which many initially predicted. With authors’ incomes collapsing to near “abject” levels, and with public libraries under threat from swingeing public spending cuts, we felt honour bound to provide our fine readers with some valuable resources that could help save valuable money.

While we of course advocate supporting your local independent book store – and independent publishing houses – and would urge you to purchase copies of your books where you can afford to, below you can find a collection of 45 websites where you can download tens of thousands of books, plays and texts for free. Oh, and these sites are also all completely legal, of course!

Browse works by Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare…

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Pearls of Rashi – Parshas Ki Siso

The Rebbe Teaches Rashi

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This week we read Parshas Ki Siso, which tells us of the Mitzvah of giving a half – Shekel. The Torah says that[1]this they shall give … a half shekel according to the holy Shekel.” The Parshah teaches us that this half-Shekel provides a Jew with[2] “an atonement for his soul.” Rashi cites the words “this they shall give,” and explains as follows. “He (Hashem) showed him (Moshe) a sort of coin of fire weighing half a shekel, and He said to him, ‘Like this one they shall give.’”

Why does Rashi find it necessary to explain that Hashem showed something to Moshe? The reason is because the Torah uses the word this; “this they shall give.” The word this always refers to that which one can point at.

However, this still is difficult to understand. Rashi…

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