Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
KI TISA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
This week's Torah portion, whose centerpiece is the story of the Golden Calf, presents us with a typology of three different kind of leaders: Moses, Aaron and Chur. Two are household names, but Chur is not so well-known. Chur is mentioned at the end of Parashat Mishpatim. When Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the covenant, he...
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Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
Let's face it; Torah is not always easy to understand. Take for example, this week's portion, which describes the bloody ceremony of Aaron's investiture as high priest. In Tetzaveh, the consecration process is described in gory detail. Aaron and his sons must undergo three levels of purification. First, they were washed in water outside the entrance to the Tent of...
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Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
"And let them make Me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them." A few weeks ago, Jethro told Moses that he needed to delegate some of his authority so that the Jewish people might function more effectively. He said: "Have them [the judges you appoint] bring every major dispute to you, but let them decide every minor dispute for...
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Mishpatim, Exodus 21-24:18
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
"Rabbi, do Jewish people believe everything in the Torah is actually true?" I'm not sure what it is about these early months of the secular year, but I've been addressing a lot of interfaith groups lately. Each time, after the polite attention and the intent nods, someone will ask a question like the one above, "Do Jewish people believe that...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Joshua Waxman
The centerpiece of the portion this week is the Ten Commandments, the sacred laws our tradition teaches were revealed by God at Mount Sinai and faithfully recorded by Moses. The list begins: "I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage." For non-Jewish Bible readers, this statement functions as a preamble...
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