Tag Archives: Leviticus

Behar: Holy Land

We are still at the Mountain, and we’ve been here for a long time. In this week’s parasha Behar, we are still at the base of Mt Sinai, hearing more about what life is going to be like once the … Continue reading

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Emor: Choose to participate

When is Rosh Hashanah this year? How many times have you asked that question? You know the answer is always the same, right? Rosh Hashanah is pretty much always the first of Tishrei.  Passover? Yep, always the 15th of Nisan? … Continue reading

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Kedoshim: The real giving tree

I have never been a fan of banning books. I love books, and I’m even glad for the opportunity to read a book that ultimately, I don’t even like. It hones my analysis, sharpens my knowledge of what I like … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora: The cost of being Jewish

Tazria-Metzora – one of those parshiot (weekly Torah portions) that we either skip over or read with some sort of “yuk” factor interest. It’s all about skin diseases, impurities of the body and building (read the part about a home … Continue reading

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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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