Sunday, December 21, 2014 Kislev 29, 5775
SHEMINI, Leviticus: 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
One of the most problematic incidents in the entire Bible is the traumatic death of the two sons of Aaron -- Nadav and Avihu -- at the zenith of the dedication of the Sanctuary, which was to be the sacerdotal province of the High Priest, Aaron. This week's Torah reading describes the context of the tragedy, which only increases our...
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Chol Hamoed Pesach, Exodus 13:1-16
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
One of the best-loved passages from the Haggadah, one that makes it into even the most abbreviated seders, is the singing of "Dayenu." A big part of the attraction is undoubtedly the lively, easy-to-croon melody that most of us know well. But when you pay attention to the words, there's a question you have to ask about "Dayenu." The song...
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Tsav, Leviticus 6:1-8-36
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
At the moment humans were created, our sages say, God gathered earth from the four points of the compass, as if to promise that wherever we die, the earth will be there to receive us. We are but borrowed soil, gathered and quickened into temporary life. Ever since, we human beings have been yearning for each other's company. This week's...
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While perhaps not as famous as "Why is this night different from all other nights?" the phrase, "Let all who are hungry, come and eat," is certainly one of the more familiar quotations from the Haggadah. And while there are varying interpretations of this concept, the notion of welcoming a stranger to the seder table is a central theme of...
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Vayikra, Leviticus: 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
A story is told about a teenager from a secular American family who, after a number of years of living in Israel, decided to become observant. Although the family had been living there for nearly five years, the boy's mother still prepared a stuffed-turkey dinner for Thanksgiving. Wanting to honor his parents, as well as keep the laws of the...
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