Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
A few years ago, I read a New Age book titled Surfing the Himalayas . The story begins with the protagonist snow-boarding down a mountain. As he comes careening down this mountain -- as fate, serendipity or bashert would have it -- he collides with a Buddhist monk. And thus begins, you've guessed it: his spiritual journey. "A lot of...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Ira S. Grussgott
This week's portion is titled Emor, which means "proclaim," "declare," "speak." But what is there to say after enduring two weeks of back-to-back "double-header" Torah portions that seem to serialize a sorry state of affairs? First, we read Tazria and Metzora, which dealt with disease and decay. Then we read Aharei Mot and Kedoshim; the former refers to a tragedy,...
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ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Craig Axler
The second of this week's Torah portions -- Kedoshim -- begins with one of the most familiar phrases (and difficult tasks) of Jewish learning: "You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God am holy." The verse serves as an indication that the entirety of this portion will be concerned with one question: What does it mean to be...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12-1-15:33
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Were you to ask what our tradition attributes as the first thing created by God, you no doubt would be tempted to go to the first verse of the Torah, the road map of creation and our blueprint for Jewish life. Bereshit bara Elokim et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz : "In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth"...
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OMER, Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
This day on the Jewish calendar was momentous and writ large: Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The new month of Nissan had arrived, and with it came the dedication of God's Tabernacle. Though housing a physical structure, the Tabernacle was meant to be a focal point for engaging with a metaphysical yet profoundly felt Divine Presence. Its official inauguration was cause for...
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