Monday, September 22, 2014 Elul 27, 5774
EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
We have reached the midpoint of our journey through the Torah, and are reading regulations for sanctifying behavior, dress, food and gathering places. The regulations articulated in Emor -- the focus on what the priests, and the people -- may and may not eat, encourage us to consider conversations about suitable food that appear throughout the Torah. What and how...
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KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 19:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Arriving just after the Pesach holiday and its celebration of our Divine deliverance from bondage, this week's Torah portion provides the point of it all. Why were the Jewish people taken out of Egypt, as the Haggadah emphasizes, "with an outstretched arm," with plagues and miracles, and led through a splitting sea? Why were they given the Torah? Why were...
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CHOL HAMOED PASSOVER
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The Shabbat during Passover is a time of renewal. The arduous preparations for Passover are behind us -- we have finished the frantic days of cleaning and cooking. The seders are completed, and while we still abstain from chametz to remind us of the suffering of our ancestors in Egypt, and of those today who are still not free, we...
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METZORA, Leviticus 14:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Each of us remembers the houses and the neighborhoods in which we spent our childhoods. We learned where we were welcome to go trick or treating on Halloween, and which families greeted us warmly when, each spring, we walked from door to door taking orders for Girl Scout cookies. On my street, there was one house we always avoided, crossing...
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TAZRIA, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
For those moments when everything has turned upside-down, this week's Torah portion provides the hope and promise that redemption and perfection are just beyond the horizon. For the biblical sufferer of the spiritual and physical affliction known as tzara'at, often identified as leprosy, life amounted to solitary confinement outside of the Jewish people's camp. But the skin disease that the...
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