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The Avengers (Masei)

Preview: No less than four times throughout the Torah do we find the tribesmen of Levi taking justice into their own hands, by taking the lives of those deemed deserving of death. In other words, those responsible for running the arei miklat—those tasked with discouraging the practice of vigilante justice—were none other than the nation’s most prominent vigilantes. What’s going on?

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Trim the Fat (Tzav)

Preview: The only thing that makes an otherwise permitted fat forbidden is that it “conceals the innards” – a point the Torah repeats over and over again. What’s the symbolic significance here?

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