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Dvar Torah - #2

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:27pm -- educationdirector

With Pesach far in the rear view mirror and Shavuot still weeks away, I think that it is important to remind ourselves that we still find ourselves in the auspicious time of Sefirat HaOmer. Upon Bnei Yisroel's departure from Egypt, they were not yet ready to receive the Torah. Instead they spent fifty days bettering themselves and removing the influence of Egypt in their preparation to receive the Torah. 
 

Dvar Torah

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:15pm -- educationdirector

In Parshat Behar the Torah presents the prohibition of "ona'a"  which literally translates as "oppression." The Torah cites this prohibition in two different ways.  Rashi famously cites from Chazal that these commands refer to two different offenses, specifically, ona'at mammon - charging or paying an unfair price for merchandise; and ona'at devarim - speaking hurtfully to one's fellow.  The Torah here emphasizes how important it is to be mindful of how we speak and that we don't hurt anyone else with our words.

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