Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
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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VAYIKRA, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This week, we begin Leviticus, the third and central book of the five Books of Moses. The central question of this book, posed in this opening portion, might be paraphrased as "How will the Israelites become a holy people worthy of their unique connection with the Holy One?" This question challenges all who have made our way through Genesis and...
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PEKUDEI, Exodus 38:21-40:38
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
With just six weeks until April 15, tax season is upon us. And as we all gather our receipts and statements in the push to make it to the filing deadline, it's perhaps comforting to know that no less than Moses was audited. According to a fascinating Midrash on the subject, he even requested it. This week's Torah portion begins...
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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
For her school picture this year, my daughter chose to wear a sweater my mother made for me when I was 3. That sweater, lovingly knitted, was then handed down to my sister, and cleaned and stored away till it could be given to my daughter. The sweater is in perfect condition. Care for things is rare these days. The...
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