Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775
BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
This week, we begin a new book of the Torah and enter a new phase of our remarkable adventures in the wilderness as a people. In Bamidbar (which is both the name of our Torah portion and the Hebrew name of the book of Numbers), we begin with a rather involved census of the people, who are counted "by heads."...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
In many places in the Torah, we're told to help others. Special mention is made of the orphan, the widow, the stranger in the community and the Levite (who did not own land, but depended upon the tithes and gifts of the people). All of these people were vulnerable in various ways, and all needed help from others. Today, we...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
Why aren't we at Sinai yet? When we celebrated Passover, we re-enacted our liberation from slavery. This freedom, however, was never intended to be freedom from, but rather freedom to. Not freedom from slavery, but rather freedom for a purpose, freedom to enter into a new relationship of responsibility and holiness. This new relationship would begin at Mount Sinai. And...
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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Michael Holzman
The second half of this week's double portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, begins with some of the most exalted words of the Torah, "The Eternal spoke to Moses: 'Speak to the whole Israelite community and say to them, 'You (plural) shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy.' " The words are beautiful, but do we know what it...
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TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Allow me to share with you a concept I call Jewish "eTiquette" - and yes, I am deliberately spelling the word this way. 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...
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