These four parshiyos are viewed as steps in a progression toward Pesach, the Yom Tov of teshuvah m’ahavah, of returning to Hashem out of love.
The obvious conclusion from this passage is that when the third Beis HaMikdash is built, since we, unlike the Jews who left Egypt, would not have the need for sacrifices, they would apparently not be part of the service.
If my garment is clean, then I will be careful about maintaining its beauty. If it is soiled, I will not be as careful.
The Ran asks why the Gemara concludes that since we are unsure which two of the four we must recline for, that we must recline for all four.
Though God can’t benefit from gifts to him the best way to create a relationship is by giving to Him
Judaism was so democratic that not only did it reject familial and economic aristocracy, it rejected intellectual aristocracy as well. We have many laws to honor Torah scholars.
"Adam" speaks to the universal dimension of the Temple. He is the parent of all humankind.
It is no coincidence that Nissan marks the start of spring, when nature comes alive in all its glory.
Before we embark on a major project or make a fateful decision we must get a wide-range of views and perspectives.
So we see that both in the Mishkan, and in the creation of the world, Hashem held back. That is what we do on Shabbos. We hold back our desire to be creative and restrict our activities.
Rabbi Fohrman considers what it mean to bring God into this world through space and through time.
Examples of the group of fundamental commandments are Sabbath, prayer and Jewish education.
Even if a certain halacha appears in the same Gemara as another, the Rambam is known to place it in the section that he felt it belonged.
Perhaps the greatest manifestation of human creativity in the Torah is the building of the Mishkan
Torah is written with a human bent; As the Talmud says, "The Torah speaks in the language of men."
Even though it sometimes seems as if we have been abandoned, nothing could be further from the truth.
The moment Moshe Rabbeinu was deemed by the mixed multitude to be an inept leader, it was Yosef who filled the void in people’s hearts.
Over and over, the text tells us about "keeping" Shabbat, about holiness, and a covenant - but why?
Aharon’s guilt with the golden calf is not clear-cut. What if Moshe were in his brother’s place?
When Hashem told Moshe of the option to destroy the people and make him and his descendants into a great nation, Hashem was telling Moshe that it is up to him.
Why would the exemption of women from donating the half shekel exempt them from davening Musaf?
This concept should be very relevant to us as we, too, should be happy beyond description.
Does Hashem ever go away and not pay attention to us?
In other words, the Torah is an expression of the Way that we must follow in order to live a divine-like life and to bond in the highest way possible with God or Being Itself.
The Chasam Sofer answers that one of only prohibited from wearing a garment that contains shatnez if he does so while wearing the garment for pleasure purposes.