Breisheit - Learning Torah for the Sake of the World

and it was evening and it was morning, the sixth day
 וַיְהִי עֶרֶב וַיְהִי בֹקֶר יוֹם הַשִּׁשִּׁי
Breisheit 1:31
For each day in the process of creation, the days are noted as 'a day', 'a second day', 'a third day' etc, but for the last day of creation, it is noted as 'the sixth day.' The word six is preceded by the letter 'hey' (ה). Why does this day appear differently, what message is embedded in this?

Breisheit - In the Name of the Woman

And the man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all life.  
וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁם אִשְׁתּוֹ חַוָּה כִּי הִוא הָיְתָה אֵם כָּל חָי
Breisheit 3:20

The Kli Yakar asks, why did he call her a name now after the sin of tree of knowledge, and that he was supposed to have called her Chaya?

Zot Habracha - Essential Tools for Life

and all the strong hand, and all the great awe, which Moses performed before the eyes of all Israel.
 וּלְכֹל הַיָּד הַחֲזָקָה וּלְכֹל הַמּוֹרָא הַגָּדוֹל אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה משֶׁה לְעֵינֵי כָּל יִשְׂרָאֵל
Devarim 34:12

These are the last words of the Torah, and the Slonimer Rebbe asks what profound secrets does the Torah have to impart with these closing words?

Shemini Atzeret - A Special Time

On the eighth day, it shall be a holy occasion for you, and you shall bring a fire offering to Hashem. It is an Atzeret [day of detention]. You shall not perform any work of labor.
 בַּיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי מִקְרָא קֹדֶשׁ יִהְיֶה לָכֶם וְהִקְרַבְתֶּם אִשֶּׁה לַה' עֲצֶרֶת הִוא כָּל מְלֶאכֶת עֲבֹדָה לֹא תַעֲשׂוּ
Vayikra 23:36
What is  an Atzeret after Sukkot?

Sukkot - Power of the 4 Species

And you shall take for yourselves on the first day, the fruit of the hadar tree, date palm fronds, a branch of a braided tree, and willows of the brook
וּלְקַחְתֶּם לָכֶם בַּיּוֹם הָרִאשׁוֹן פְּרִי עֵץ הָדָר כַּפֹּת תְּמָרִים וַעֲנַף עֵץ עָבֹת וְעַרְבֵי נָחַל 

Vayikra 23:40

The Ultimate Power: When Yom Kippur Falls on Shabbat

Regarding Yom Kippur, the Torah says:
For on this day He shall effect atonement for you to cleanse you. Before Hashem, you shall be cleansed from all your sins. It is a Sabbath of rest for you, and you shall afflict your souls. It is an eternal statute.
כִּי בַיּוֹם הַזֶּה יְכַפֵּר עֲלֵיכֶם לְטַהֵר אֶתְכֶם מִכֹּל חַטֹּאתֵיכֶם לִפְנֵי יְ-ק-וָֹ-ק תִּטְהָרוּ. שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן הִיא לָכֶם וְעִנִּיתֶם אֶת נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם חֻקַּת עוֹלָם
Vayikra 16:30-31
 Regarding Shabbat, the Torah says:
Six days work may be done, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of complete rest, holy to Hashem, whoever performs work on the Sabbath day shall be put to death
שֵׁשֶׁת יָמִים יֵעָשֶׂה מְלָאכָה וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁבִיעִי שַׁבַּת שַׁבָּתוֹן קֹדֶשׁ לה כָּל הָעֹשֶׂה מְלָאכָה בְּיוֹם הַשַּׁבָּת מוֹת יוּמָת
Shmot 31:15
Here Shabbat is referred to as being "holy to Hashem" where it would really seem that this refers to Yom Kippur since Yom Kippur is a day devoid of the material, and completely dedicated to the holiness of Hashem.

Ha'Azinu - Making Tshuvah

The Kli Yakar explains that the Jewish people are referred to by a number of different names.

  • Yisrael ישראל
  • Yaacov יעקב
  • Yeshurun ישורון

Explains the Kli Yakar, when you take the last letters of each of these names and put them together, then you get the word - LAVAN (לבן) - white.

Lavan, white, as it says in the verse:
If your sins prove to be like crimson, they will become white as snow; if they prove to be as red as crimson dye, they shall become as wool
אִם יִהְיוּ חֲטָאֵיכֶם כַּשָּׁנִים כַּשֶּׁלֶג יַלְבִּינוּ אִם יַאְדִּימוּ כַתּוֹלָע כַּצֶּמֶר יִהְיוּ
Yeshayahu 1:18
This refers to whitening or bleaching of sins.