Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774
BEHAR, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading has a special Philadelphia connection. It contains the words inscribed on the Liberty Bell: "Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof" (Leviticus 25:10). The Liberty Bell was originally created to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn's 1701 Charter of Privileges, and it later became associated with the Declaration of Independence and,...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The portion we read this week is named after the fourth word in the opening sentence: emor , speak. "God, said to Moses, speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron ... " Following the directions for holiness outlined in K'doshim, the previous portion, Emor continues to establish guidelines and parameters for creating and sustaining the holy community. Near the...
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AHAREI-MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Much of the Book of Leviticus seems preoccupied with holiness. After listing all of the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals, the Almighty -- in the Torah portion of two weeks ago, known as Shemini -- commands the Jewish people not once, but twice to "be holy because I am holy." So, too, this week: After listing forbidden relationships, the...
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TAZRIA-METSORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Having just come off of some intensive Passover/Spring cleaning, it's amazing to me that my house is a mess again. We have a problem with Cheerios these days, being crunched underfoot after they are flung from the table. In general, it feels like the cleaning, and the clutter, never end. Which brings me to this week's Torah portions, the double...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading, Shemini, is one of several places in the Torah where we are given the laws of kashrut -- the guidelines that tell us what may and may not be eaten. Although the laws of kashrut are complex, the way they are given in the Torah is fairly plain. This animal may be eaten, and this may...
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