Tuesday, September 30, 2014 Tishri 6, 5775

AHAREI-MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Much of the Book of Leviticus seems preoccupied with holiness. After listing all of the laws of kosher and non-kosher animals, the Almighty -- in the Torah portion of two weeks ago, known as Shemini -- commands the Jewish people not once, but twice to "be holy because I am holy." So, too, this week: After listing forbidden relationships, the...
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TAZRIA-METSORA, Leviticus 12:1-15:33
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Having just come off of some intensive Passover/Spring cleaning, it's amazing to me that my house is a mess again. We have a problem with Cheerios these days, being crunched underfoot after they are flung from the table. In general, it feels like the cleaning, and the clutter, never end. Which brings me to this week's Torah portions, the double...
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By:
Menachem Z. Rosensaft
For more than 2,500 years, these fast days have remained on the Jewish religious calendar, and the Book of Lamentations continues to be read on Tisha B'Av. This is as it should be. Even though it is a far more recent horror, the Holocaust was no less a national Jewish catastrophe than the destruction of the first and second Temples...
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SHEMINI, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
This week's Torah reading, Shemini, is one of several places in the Torah where we are given the laws of kashrut -- the guidelines that tell us what may and may not be eaten. Although the laws of kashrut are complex, the way they are given in the Torah is fairly plain. This animal may be eaten, and this may...
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By:
Jake Asher, Jewish Exponent Feature
I have always thought of Passover as a unique and special holiday because we are commanded not just to read the story of our ancestors' plight, but also to symbolically re-enact the story as if we had been there ourselves. This year, however, the Passover story took on a more literal significance as eight other Jews and I held our...
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