Tag Archives: Leviticus

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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Vayikra: Dash or sprinkle?

Welcome to the Mishkan, please line up with your personal offering.   Be it an offering of thanks, atonement, well-being, trespass or sin,  there is one thing common to what the priest does when you step up and slaughter the offering.  … Continue reading

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Acharei Mot: Live

Acharei Mot, this week’s parasha, has a whole lot in it, and a lot of it is sex, sex, and more sex.  Who you can, but mostly who you can’t. But that’s not what drew my attention this week.  It’s … Continue reading

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Tazria Metzora: A good friend and wine

Nobody likes Tazria Metzora.  It’s all about dead animals and dead skin, eruptions and discolorations.  It’s not a pretty parasha.   There’s this hard-to-fathom concept of being unclean and malignant eruptions that a priest has to come and observe, and then … Continue reading

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Sh’mini: Creation in Leviticus?

Think about the fact that the Torah was originally a heard, not read, set of stories and instructions.  Good storytellers use all sorts of techniques to make sure their stories are remembered and retold.  One of those ways is a … Continue reading

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Behar: the great Jubilee year

It’s tempting to think the entire Torah is about real estate, and in some ways, it is.  But this week’s parasha is really  about real estate. In Behar, we learn about the Jubilee year.  “The fiftieth year shall be a … Continue reading

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