Sunday, July 13, 2014 Tammuz 15, 5774
EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
Blasphemy, blame and blessing: Can we break the cycle of violence? What is blasphemy? Most widely understood as disrespect for God or that which is considered sacred, blasphemy is in the international news. In January, a new law went into effect in Ireland stating that any abusive utterance concerning sacred matters of any religion is punishable by a fine of...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
When we read the double portion of Tazria-Metzora, it is easy to fixate on all the gory details of eruptive affections, white swellings and greenish streaks that the portions describe so meticulously. Our immediate reaction is "yuck." These yucky things throw us into a state of tamei, which is translated as "unclean" or "impure." We tend to think of purity...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
At first glance, one would be hard pressed to uncover any thematic unity between the beginning and the end of Parshat Shemini. The initial narrative describes a tragedy. On the day Aaron and his sons were to be sanctified as the priests of Israel, Aaron's two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu, offered an unauthorized sacrifice and died approaching the altar...
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By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
During Passover, we are all young again. We gather around the seder table and delight at how our positions have changed. Those who eagerly -- or reluctantly -- asked the Four Questions now lead others in prayer and song. As we remember our rich journey from slavery to freedom, we look forward in hope. And we are all young again...
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TZAV, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
"Clothes make the man," or woman, as the expression goes -- and service in the Tabernacle was no different. Jewish law prohibits non-priests from wearing priestly garments, and further prohibits priests from carrying out their ritual functions unless they're garbed in the holy items described in the Torah. One person, however, didn't need such elaborate vestments. Concluding a discussion begun...
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