Tag Archives: Leviticus

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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Bamidbar: Words create worlds

Bamidbar. In the wilderness.  We are at the beginning of the book of Bamidbar, starting with the first parasha, of the same name.  We’re beginning the quintessential journey, the defining environment of our entire history.  We are in the middle … Continue reading

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Bechukotai: Bigotry no sanction

This is a good week, Torah-wise, combining three of my favorite things:  meaningful text, contemporary American politics, and (of course) Broadway. “I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down untroubled by anyone..” (Lev 26:6) In “Hamilton”, … Continue reading

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Shemini: translating the sand

Our hearts are torn by the events described in Chapter 10 of Leviticus,in this week’s parasha Shemini. The High Priest Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, are killed when they enter the Tabernacle with “a strange fire” to offer to God.  … Continue reading

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Tzav: The holy touch

“Anything that touches these shall become holy.” (Lev 6:11) “Anything that touches its flesh shall become holy…” (Lev 6:17) I guess Leviticus teaches us that you can catch cooties from something. Or someone.  In Leviticus, there are two ways of … Continue reading

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