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Behar B’chukotai: Fig trees and fear

“If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on. It outlives when I’m gone. Like the Scripture says: ‘Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree And no one shall make them afraid.’ They’ll be safe in … Continue reading

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Emor: The work of our hands

The week got away from me. Here’s commentary on Emor from a while back, but updated to what is (sadly) still relevant. Now here’s an odd story in this week’s parasha, Emor,  not that there aren’t a few odd stories … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot Kedoshim: Just don’t

Acharei Mot and Kedoshim are two remarkable parashiot. Kedoshim, literally about holy ways of behaving, beginning with “You (the people) shall be holy, because I (God) am holy.” This was said to the entire community, and what follows is a … Continue reading

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Tazria Metzora: Skin deep

It is not easy to be a Jewish Taurus, because there’s a chance you might end up with Tazria Metzora as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion. It’s hard enough being 13, but to have to find some meaning in … Continue reading

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Shemini: Chicken parmesan

“These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hooves, with clefts through the hooves, and that chews the cud – such you may eat.” (Lev 11:3) We started keeping … Continue reading

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Tzav: Action words

Being a Priest (kohen) wasn’t for wimps. It was a really difficult, physically demanding job. He takes ashes to the fire and back to the altar. He carries ashes outside the camp. He keeps the fire in the Tabernacle burning. … Continue reading

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Vayikra: Tradition and Ritual

Is tradition the same as a ritual? Does a ritual have more or less meaning over time? Where does the meaning come from in the first place? From outside yourself, or from within? How do communal rituals compare to individual, … Continue reading

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