Wednesday, April 23, 2014 Nisan 23, 5774
CHOL HAMOED PASSOVER
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The Shabbat during Passover is a time of renewal. The arduous preparations for Passover are behind us -- we have finished the frantic days of cleaning and cooking. The seders are completed, and while we still abstain from chametz to remind us of the suffering of our ancestors in Egypt, and of those today who are still not free, we...
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METZORA, Leviticus 14:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Each of us remembers the houses and the neighborhoods in which we spent our childhoods. We learned where we were welcome to go trick or treating on Halloween, and which families greeted us warmly when, each spring, we walked from door to door taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. On my street, there was one house we always avoided, crossing...
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TAZRIA, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
For those moments when everything has turned upside-down, this week's Torah portion provides the hope and promise that redemption and perfection are just beyond the horizon. For the biblical sufferer of the spiritual and physical affliction known as tzara'at, often identified as leprosy, life amounted to solitary confinement outside of the Jewish people's camp. But the skin disease that the...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Parashat Shemini ends with the refrain of the Book of Leviticus: "You shall be holy, for I [God] am holy." We are given two ways to reach this holiness: sacrifice and kashrut. The portion opens with specific instructions for what and how to sacrifice to God, and ends with specific instructions for which animals are considered clean to eat. Both...
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TZAV, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
A son once complained to his mother that his life was a constant struggle. No sooner was one problem solved then another followed. In response, the mother took him into the kitchen and filled three pots with water. She placed potatoes in one, eggs in the second and ground coffee in the third. She then set them to boil. Impatiently,...
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