Rav Shimon Klein
Teacher Title Abstract Course
Rav Shimon Klein What Is A Sacrifice? In this shiur, we will compare the approaches found in Sefer Vayikra and Sefer Bamidbar, and we will further contrast the presentation of the korbanot in Parshat Vayikra and Parshat Tzav. What are the different perspectives emphasized in each parsha. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Shemini: The Dedication of the Mishkan at the Altar This study will focus on the nature of the dedication of the Mishkan. What lies behind Scripture's focus on the altar and the Divine fire that came down upon it? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Tazria: A Woman's Purity and Circumcision In this shiur, we will discuss the meaning of purity and impurity in Sefer Vayikra, specifically in the context of the impurity contracted by a mother after giving birth. We will discuss the reason for the different lengths of the impure period following the birth of a male and female child, and we will also attempt to explain how this is connected to the commandment of circumcision, which appears in this context. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim: “Before the Lord You Shall Be Purified” In this shiur, we will study the pesukim at the beginning of the parasha describing the entrance of Aharon "before God" and the cleansing of the people on Yom Kippur "before God." What can we learn from the similarities and differences between these experiences? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Emor: Appointed Times and Processes In this shiur, we will analyze the similarities and differences between the Festival of Matzot and the Festival of Sukkot, as described in this week's parasha, and we will discuss what can be learned from this comparison. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Behar: The Power of Society In this shiur, we will discuss the Torah's commandments regarding the "redemption" of land and the prohibition of selling land in perpetuity. Specifically, we will focus on why the latter law does not apply to homes in walled cities. Why is this situation different? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Bechukotai: Who Comes to Whom? In this shiur, we will compare and contrast the tochachot found in Sefer Vayikra and Sefer Devarim, noting that the differences stem from the essential differences between these two books. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Introduction to the Book of Bamidbar Where do we encounter spirituality in the world? Where do we meet God? This is a fundamental question regarding man's existence, scale of values, cultural foundations, and way of life. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "But to the Sons of Kehat He Gave None" And it came to pass on the day that Moshe had finished setting up the Mishkan ... Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "Who Shall Give Us Meat to Eat?" Parashat Beha'alotekha begins a new period, during which a series of crises befalls the people, one crisis after the other. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein "An Occurrence in Space" A Study of the Section Dealing with Tzitzit Our study this week will focus on the section dealing with tzitzit. We will open with an exploration of the three dimensional space in which the passage takes place. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Why Then Do You Raise Yourselves Up Above the Congregation of the Lord? Now Korach the son of Yitzhar the son of Kehat the son of Levi, and Datan and Aviram the sons of Eliav, and On the son of Pelet, of the sons of Reuven, took [men]. And they rose up before Moshe .... Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein You Shall Speak to the Rock Three Leaders and Their Place The Lord said to Moshe and to Aharon, 'Because you did not have faith in me to sanctify Me before the eyes of the Children of Israel – therefore you shall not bring this congregation to the land that I have given them. (Bemidbar 20:12) Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein VALUES PUT TO THE TEST And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moav ... These verses recount a difficult episode. It begins with harlotry with the daughters of Moav. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Quiet Revolution Is a woman eligible to receive an inheritance? Scripture's answer to this question is clear: A woman does not inherit. Accordingly, if a person fathered only daughters but no sons, his estate passes to his brother and not to his own offspring. Nevertheless, five women, the daughters of Tzelofchad from the tribe of Menashe, appear before Moshe and tell him their story: Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein The Cities of Refuge In our parasha, God commands Moshe to establish cities of refuge – "that the slayer who kills any person unawares may flee there." Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Devarim: Morality and World Politics In this shiur, we will analyze the Moshe's speech in the beginning of Devarim, in which he informs Am Yisrael which nations they will not conquer and which land they will indeed inherit. We will see that the manner in which the section is presented teaches Am Yisrael an important lesson regarding the future conquest and its meaning. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Va'etchanan: “Hear O Israel” In this week's parasha, we find the parasha of Shema. What is the meaning of our declaration that "the Lord our God, the Lord is One"? And what is the connection between this statement and the subsequent command to love God? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Ekev: “If You Will Diligently Obey” In this shiur, we will study the second paragraph of Shema, which appears in this week's parasha. What is the reason for loving God, from the perspective of this second unit? The answer is that love of God is a component in the nation’s assumption of responsibility for its existence in the land. We will analyze the theme of this paragraph and compare it to that of the first paragraph of Shema. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein The Choosing of Jerusalem The expression “the place which the Lord will choose” is repeated over and over again in Sefer Devarim. The words convey a riddle: there is a place, whose name is not mentioned – since it has not yet been chosen – but in the future, God will choose it. What is this choosing? What is the significance of the fact that the choice has not yet actually been made? What will it depend on? Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein The War Over the Future of the World In this shiur we will explore the dual voice of the text in relation to Amalek. We have two units, each offering a different view of the motives of Amalek and the proper attitude towards this people. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Shoftim - The Rule of the People What is the biblical view of the concept of leadership? It seems that there is no simple answer to this question. Leaders are central to the biblical narrative, with entire passages devoted to their life stories and the values that guided them. These narratives generally provide insight into life in the given time period, and in this sense a study of the leader is a reasonable study of the generation and the period. Alongside the wealth and diversity of leadership stories throughout Tanakh, there is a biblical passage whose subject matter is leadership: the passage concerning the king. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Ki Tavo - Stones That Speak This shiur will address the story of the stones that are to be set up upon the nation’s entry into the land, and upon which the Torah is to be written. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading
Rav Shimon Klein Parashat Nitzavim - “And you shall return unto the Lord your God” This week’s shiur will address the concept of teshuva. It is interesting to note the reciprocal nature of the process as presented in this week’s parasha. The first step is taken by the nation, which “recalls to its heart”; then comes God’s response, followed by another step by the nation, and then another step on God’s part, and so on. Parshat HaShavua - The Weekly Torah Reading

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