The Gemara (Berachos 20b) states that Ezra instituted that people who contract a certain type of tumah (baal keri) may not study Torah until they immerse in a mikveh. The Mishnah says that a person in such a state of tumah may not say Krias Shema; rather, he must mentally think the words. The Gemara […]
Rashi interprets the word “Ki” as "even though,” or "despite" (similar to the use of “Ki Karov Hu,” specifying that G-d did not lead the Jewish people through the land of the Philistines even though it was closer).
In Parshat Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16) we’re introduced to a nation of whiners and complainers. After years of slavery, the Israelites are finally a free nation! The next thing we should be reading is a love story between God and His people. But the honeymoon phase ends before it even begins. How can the Israelites complain […]