Friday, July 31, 2015 Av 15, 5775
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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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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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
I believe that one of the requirements of adolescence is that each generation of teens must find new and creative ways to annoy their parents and any other adult in the vicinity. In recent years, one such habit is the use of the word "whatever" as a response to almost any statement or question. "Whatever" means "I have better things...
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Ki Tissa, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Judaism is inconceivable without the concept of the sacred. We are commanded to augment the world's supply of holiness, and this week's portion explains how. After making the furnishings for the desert tabernacle, the Israelites are informed, "Whatever touches them shall become holy." The sacred, apparently, passes the way a lot of things do: by contact. How that happens becomes...
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By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
Two sections of the Torah compete for our attention this week. The regular weekly portion is Tetzaveh and the additional reading from Deuteronomy corresponds to this being Shabbat Zachor immediately prior to Purim. The weekly portion deals with the details of the construction of the Mishkan (or tabernacle) for Israelite worship following the Exodus. The additional reading commands us to...
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