Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
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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VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI, Exodus 35:1-40:38
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
This week's regular portion concludes the book of Exodus, detailing the erecting of the Mishkan -- the sanctuary that accompanied the Israelites during their long pilgrimage to Canaan. The selection from the second Torah is called Parshat Hachodesh. Read each year prior to Pesach, it describes the instructions given by God to Moses and Aaron at the new moon of...
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KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
In many ways, Exodus can be considered the central book of the Torah. Following the description of Israel's miraculous journey out of Egyptian enslavement, Moses ascends Mount Sinai and receives the laws that will guide the people forever. The chapters that follow provide a detailed blueprint for creating a just society based on the laws that the people embrace. But...
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By:
Rabbi Elliot Kopel
The story of Purim plays out like a Hollywood film, with devious plots and sudden twists of fate. But like every great movie, it has a wonderful ending. Readers of the Purim story notice a powerful number of coincidences. The story, told in the book of Esther, takes place in the year 369 BCE, when King Achashverosh of Persia, in...
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TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Names are incredibly useful; indeed, they are vital inventions. Without them, we would scarcely be able to communicate with each other or even identify objects in the world around us. This week's Torah portion has its fair share of names. There's Aaron and his sons -- Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar -- all of whom appear in relation to the...
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