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Ch. 25, v. 11: "Pinchos .. b'kano" - Moshe told Pinchos that a zealot may rightfully kill one who has done such a despicable act. Why didn't Moshe himself act? The gemara says that this ruling is "halacha v'ein morin kein." Since Moshe embodied the Torah, if it is "ein morin kein," the act is beyond Moshe to execute. (Yismach Moshe of Ujhel)

Ch. 25, v. 11: "B'kano es kinosi b'sochom" - Even though Pinchos went beyond what was required of him, and at a great risk to his life to the point that it was almost a suicidal mission, nevertheless, after it was done he remained "b'sochom." He acted like a common citizen. (Rabbi Yitzchok of Vorke, Rabbi Yehoshua of Lentshne)

Ch. 25, v. 18: "Ki tzor'rim heim lochem b'nichleihem" - Why are these words in the present tense and why are their diabolical plans stressed more than the negative action that they caused? Worse than the sinning are the continuous thoughts of immorality. The diabolical planning of the Midyanites was exactly this, that the bnei Yisroel should have immoral thoughts afterwards. (Rabbi Chanoch Henoch of Alexander in Chashovoh L'tovoh)

Ch. 27, v. 17: "Asher yeitzei lifneihem" - A leader whose heart will go out for them (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Vorke)

Ch. 28, v. 2: "Es korboni .. tish'm'ru l'hakriv li" - "Tish'm'ru" means to wait and anticipate, as in "v'oviv shomar es hadovor" (Breishis 37:11). Even when the Beis Hamikdosh will be destroyed, but you will await and anticipate its rebuilding, you will have a portion in the sacrifices. (Sfas Emes)

Ch. 28, v. 3: "Shnayim la'yom oloh somid" - Two "tmidim" should be in front of you on a daily basis, "Shivisi Hashem l'negdi SOMID," and "v'chatosi negdi SOMID." (Rabbi Yisroel of Rizhin)

Ch. 28, v. 6: "Olas tomid ho'asu'yoh b'har Sinai" - The twice daily "oloh," the most often sacrificed offering, is in turn the most likely to be done by rote, without feeling. The Torah therefore warns, "ho'asu'yoh b'har Sinai," it should always be sacrificed with the same excitement as was the first "oloh" offering at Har Sinai. (Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kosov)

Ch. 29, v. 1: "Yom truoh y'h'yeh lochem" - In parshas B'har, when the Torah also says that we blow a shofar, the verse says "v'haavarto shofar truoh" (Vayikra 25:9). Why the change? Our verse tells us that it is not sufficient to just sound the shofar, but rather that the spiritual experience of hearing the shofar should be felt throughout the day. (Tzla"ch on gemara Chagigoh 14)

Ch. 29, v. 7: "U've'osor lachodesh hashvii" - The gemara Yoma says in the name of Rabbi Yehudoh Hanosi that Yom Kippur brings atonement for one who repents and even for one who does not. How do we understand that there is atonement for one who does not repent? Sometimes a person feels so sullied with sin that he harbours no hope for himself, and feels that the gates of repentance are closed to him. For this non-repenter Yom Kippur offers forgiveness. (Rabbi Chanoch Henoch of Alexander in Chashovoh L'tovoh)


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