Saturday, July 2, 2016 Sivan 26, 5776
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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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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