Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
AHAREI-MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Much of the Book of Leviticus seems preoccupied with holiness. After listing all of the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals, the Almighty -- in the Torah portion of two weeks ago, known as Shemini -- commands the Jewish people not once, but twice to "be holy because I am holy." So, too, this week: After listing forbidden relationships, the...
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TAZRIA-METSORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Having just come off of some intensive Passover/Spring cleaning, it's amazing to me that my house is a mess again. We have a problem with Cheerios these days, being crunched underfoot after they are flung from the table. In general, it feels like the cleaning, and the clutter, never end. Which brings me to this week's Torah portions, the double...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading, Shemini, is one of several places in the Torah where we are given the laws of kashrut -- the guidelines that tell us what may and may not be eaten. Although the laws of kashrut are complex, the way they are given in the Torah is fairly plain. This animal may be eaten, and this may...
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Song of Songs
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
As Passover concludes, we may feel quite full. We may have gathered around several tables and shared varied Passover meals. And we may have studied some of the texts of this holiday: the Haggadah, one of the most beloved and re-edited, re-printed and elaborated of Jewish texts, and the various Torah portions assigned to this holiday. One of the most...
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Passover
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan (184)
People tend to think of freedom in terms of negating a pre-existing condition. So they talk about freedom from coercion, from tyranny, from oppression, from constraint. Few look at freedom's positive side. At Pesach, it's precisely the "freedom to do" that we celebrate, recognizing that without drawing closer to the Divine, physical freedom is just an illusion. The Pesach story,...
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