Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
As Israel's first chief rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook, once pronounced, "Judaism was born with the hope of a land; Israel is Judaism's land of hope." A few weeks ago, we assembled around our tables and recounted the narrative of our people's journey to freedom. More than 3,000 years ago, b'yad chazaka u'v'z'roah netu'ya , "with a strong hand and an...
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TAZRIA, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
One of the remarkable characteristics of our computer-dependent society is the way we've fortified the metaphors of our lives to the extent that they can replace the lives that we lead in reality. Unlike the tangible, "brick-and-mortar" bookstores, we can browse the stocked "shelves" of Amazon.com in the middle of the night, dressed only in our pajamas. Social networking sites...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus: 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Gregory Marx
I can barely keep up with all the public apologies and political maneuverings engineered by some those trying to distance themselves from embarrassing associates and advisers. Recently, New York Gov. Elliot Spitzer, the champion of the poor and the downtrodden, resigned under a cloud of dishonor and shame. Then, a few days later, the new governor, David Paterson, publicly declared...
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TZAV, Leviticus: 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
Purim is the strangest of Jewish holidays, and Megillat Esther is a strange biblical book. One of the many peculiar aspects of the holiday is the role of the consumption of alcoholic beverages. There are no less than six drinking parties in the book of Esther, four initiated by King Achashverosh or Queen Vashti and two by Queen Esther. The...
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Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
I've played it on two continents and answered the questions wrong in two languages. It's a television game show called "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" -- and, yes, it's already in Israel. So let's play. The category is fifth-grade American history. Question: What do these famous people -- Richard Johnson, George Dallas and William King -- have in...
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