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Sacrifice Delayed, Sacrifice Denied – The Wonders of the Holy Tongue for P’ Kedoshim

A discussion of the rare scriptural word פגול (abominable, loathsome), and its relationship with the range of other words containing the two-letter string פג.   וְכִי תִזְבְּחוּ זֶבַח שְׁלָמִים... בְּיוֹם זִבְחֲכֶם יֵאָכֵל וּמִמָּחֳרָת... וְאִם הֵאָכֹל יֵאָכֵל בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁלִישִׁי פִּגּוּל הוּא (ויקרא יט:ה-ז). When you slaughter a feast peace offering… It may be eaten on the … Continue reading Sacrifice Delayed, Sacrifice Denied – The Wonders of the Holy Tongue for P’ Kedoshim

Parashat Acharei Mot – Mixed Up and Worn out

The word תבל, denoting depravity, appears only twice in Scripture, in אחרי מות and קדושים. We explore in this article many related words to try to uncover the unique meaning of this word and it’s profound lessons. The word תֶּבֶל appears once in Parashat Acharei Mot and once in Parashat Kedoshim (both quoted in the … Continue reading Parashat Acharei Mot – Mixed Up and Worn out

Pashas Metzora

Article abstract for Metzora: As part of the leper's purification process following his affliction with tazraat, this week's portion mandates all the hair on his head, including his beard, the זקן. This word is obviously derived from the same root as זָקֵן, aged, but the root is expounded by the Sages as a compound word, … Continue reading Pashas Metzora

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