Saturday, April 19, 2014 Nisan 19, 5774
VAYIKRA, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This week, we begin Leviticus, the third and central book of the five Books of Moses. The central question of this book, posed in this opening portion, might be paraphrased as "How will the Israelites become a holy people worthy of their unique connection with the Holy One?" This question challenges all who have made our way through Genesis and...
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PEKUDEI, Exodus 38:21-40:38
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
With just six weeks until April 15, tax season is upon us. And as we all gather our receipts and statements in the push to make it to the filing deadline, it's perhaps comforting to know that no less than Moses was audited. According to a fascinating Midrash on the subject, he even requested it. This week's Torah portion begins...
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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
For her school picture this year, my daughter chose to wear a sweater my mother made for me when I was 3. That sweater, lovingly knitted, was then handed down to my sister, and cleaned and stored away till it could be given to my daughter. The sweater is in perfect condition. Care for things is rare these days. The...
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KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Ki Tissa signals the lowest historic point of Israel's faithlessness. Feeling abandoned by Moses, the people besiege Aaron to fashion a Golden Calf, proclaiming "this is the god who brought you out of Egypt." Imagine the extent of Moses' horror as he descends from his 40-day sojourn atop Sinai to scenes of illicit, idolatrous revelry. Critical commentators have offered several...
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TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
After the revelation at Sinai, how do we meet the challenge of becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation"? Moses repeats "all the commands ... and all the rules ... (and) the people answer with one voice: ... 'All the things that God has commanded we will do!' " The Torah translates that lofty hope into a clear...
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