Saturday, October 25, 2014 Heshvan 1, 5775
Naso, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Naso contains the most powerful of scriptural blessings, Birkat Kohanim, the Threefold Priestly Benediction. Through a 15-word invocation, Aaron and his descendants are commanded to confer upon the people Israel God's blessing and protection, radiance and grace, favor and peace. This moving brachah is invoked daily during morning and afternoon services, every Friday evening when we bless our children, and...
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SHAVUOT
By:
Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
For those of us outside of Israel, there is no "portion of the week" this coming Sabbath. The two-day holiday of Shavuot falls on Friday and Saturday, and pre-empts the regular reading. Instead, I will devote this column to the book of Ruth, which is heard at shul this week. There is hardly an example of human tragedy that is...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers: 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Ever had a bad neighbor? You know: the upstairs family that sounds like a herd of elephants at night? The next door workaholic who likes to get the mowing done before rush hour? While describing a census of the Jewish people and the role of the 12 tribes in transporting the Tabernacle, this week's portion also gives us a glimpse...
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Behar-Bechutokai, Leviticus: 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
What makes a place sacred? "Sacred" is not as easily recognized as, say, "happy" or "dangerous." When cartoon characters chance upon sun-drenched streams that bubble with promise or darkened caves that fairly reek of monster habitation, we know exactly what these are. The sacred is not so easily pictured. Even Jacob didn't appreciate the presence of God when he stumbled...
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EMOR, Leviticus: 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
The theme of the priesthood is explored in this week's portion. The priests were obviously the religious leaders of the Israelites. However, there are a number of problematic issues regarding their status. One of the great mysteries in the Torah concerns the laws of the Red Heifer, whereby the priest is commanded to conduct a ritual so that a person...
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