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The Kollel is about more than the education and the experiences. Implementing the lessons and ideas into real life can be complicated. Here’s a place to talk about life, to weave the education into experience and discuss how to navigate it properly. 1/18/2019- Beshalach- Celebrating Belief 1/11/2019- Bo- A Holy Burden 12/20/2018- Vayechi- Like Fish Getting Water 12/7/2018- Mikeitz- Illuminating Introspection 11/30/2018- Vayeishev- Alone with the Sheep 11/23/2018- Vayishlach- Humbled…

Knowing the Right People

The Parshiyot of Tazria and Metzora focus almost exclusively on the contraction and cleansing of Tzara’at- colloquially referred to as “leprosy”. While there are many possible causes for the affliction, the Torah is very clear on how to go about the process- you must go through the Kohen, the priest. But why? Why can there not be an expert, scientist, or even Talmudic scholar that could determine the status of…

A Pig’s Positivity

We read this week about the laws of Kashrut, specifically in terms of the different species’ and their purity laws. In perhaps the most well-known example we learn about the peculiarity of the pig, which displays the outer kosher sign of split hooves, but lacks the inner sign, of chewing their cud. And the Torah describes it as such: “And the pig, which has split hooves, but it does not…

The Missing -And Most Important- Pocket

The name of the Parsha, “tzav”, connotes a commandment with a certain urgency, in this case for the “Olah” offering. But why does the Olah, of all services, require this urgency? Rashi quotes Rebbi Shimon who explains that the Olah comes with a “chisaron kis”, literally: ‘the lack of a pocket’. Typically, this phrase refers to a loss of money. As applied to the Olah, it would be because neither…