Parsha Classes Ki Sisa.
Ain Mukdam Umeuchar baTorah.
One of the constant issues in the Torah is chronology. The Gemara says the Torah isn't written in a chronological order. The question is how far from the chronology is the Torah. Two classic commentaries debate this question fiercely (and they aren't alone)- Rashi and the Ramban. Rashi holds that invoking "Ain Mukdam Umeuchar..." is quite liberal, while the Ramban holds that it is invoked only when there is no other way to understand the story. This dispute is most acute in Sefer Shmos. Included here (in Tisa) are two classes (given at the mesivta of Chovevei Torah) on this subject. We journey through Shmos twice. Class one according to Rashi and Class two according to the Ramban.
The Kiyor, was outside the Beis HaMikdash (and the Mishkan) showing that its' function was secondary. Some hold the Kiyor in higher regard.
The Tzemach Tzedek and the Noam Elimelech.
Rashi, MaHaRaM, Chizkuni, E. Ezra, R. Bechayey, Rikanti, Abarbanel (2 approaches), Shach, Chasam Sofer, Ohr HaRorah, Noam Elimelech.
How could the Yiden have made an eigel (Golden Calf) so soon after recieving the Torah? This class was given at Machon Chana (5763).
The Ramban has a very unique understanding of the story of the Egel. Aharon intended it to be a representation of G-Dly gevura. It didn't work out that way and a new prohibition was added as a precaution.
The same thing is wonderful for one and terrible for another based on their level of faith (and sense of unity).
1) כרובים היו מותרים אחרי מתן תורה -ולהרמב"ן- זה הי' כונת אהרון בעשיית העגל, אלא שקלקלו הערב רב, ואחר כך אסר הקב"ה כרובים -חוץ מבקדה"ק- כמו"ש אלקי מסכה לא תעשה לך.
2) למה גנז חזקי' ספר הרפואה והי' ברצון חכמים ומ"מ לא נגנז עד אז.
3) ולמה כתת נחש הנחשת ונחשב לדבר טוב ולא נעשה עד אז.
4) מתי קבלה מעשית הוא ענין ניעלה -כמו שהי' אצל האריז"ל- ומתי הוא סכנה גדולה ועוד גרוע מזה.
The Yidden were given what is often called crowns at Mattan Torah that were taken away after they sinned. These adornments are called Eidim. What were they and did they mean?
34-06. The Thirteen attributes of mercy.
A three part series on the 13 Middos given in 5766.
34-33. Moshe's Mask (5768).
How to explain the mask Moshe wore in the desert.