Author Archives: Yitzhak

Calves and Coins

My weekly halachah column: During the episode of the Golden Calf, Aharon seemingly goes along with the mob’s frenzy, to the point of proclaiming that “Tomorrow is a feast to ‘Hashem’” (32:5), apparently intending an idolatrous feast. The Ibn Ezra … Continue reading

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Urim, Astrolabes, and Overallegorization

From the ArtScroll Chumash: Vilna Gaon gives a classic interpretation of how the message of the Urim v’Tumim could be misunderstood. When Hannah, the future mother of the prophet Samuel, entered the Tabernacle to pray for a child, the Kohen … Continue reading

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Boldly Going Where No Man Has Gone Before

My weekly halachah column for parashas Hukas: “And Hashem said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, … Continue reading

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