Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774

At Shavuot time, tradition says: Think dairy!
By:
Ethel Hofman, JE Feature
Shavuot is the late spring festival that begins seven weeks after the first day of Passover. Agriculturally, it commemorates the time when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, thus the Festival of the First Fruits. Historically, it is the celebration of the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses at Mount Sinai. Shavuot is generally associated...
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Behar-Bechutokai, Leviticus: 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
What makes a place sacred? "Sacred" is not as easily recognized as, say, "happy" or "dangerous." When cartoon characters chance upon sun-drenched streams that bubble with promise or darkened caves that fairly reek of monster habitation, we know exactly what these are. The sacred is not so easily pictured. Even Jacob didn't appreciate the presence of God when he stumbled...
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By:
Sara Esther Crispe
Relationships can be difficult. No two ways about it. And the more intense the relationship, the more prominent it is in your life, the more difficult it is to maintain the peace. We are now in the process of counting the Omer. From the second day of Passover until Shavuot, we count 49 days, each with a focus on a...
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EMOR, Leviticus: 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
The theme of the priesthood is explored in this week's portion. The priests were obviously the religious leaders of the Israelites. However, there are a number of problematic issues regarding their status. One of the great mysteries in the Torah concerns the laws of the Red Heifer, whereby the priest is commanded to conduct a ritual so that a person...
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Lag B'Omer and Mother's Day come back to back -- and it's all about the food
By:
Etehl Hofman, JE Feature
Lag B'Omer, this year takes place on Tuesday, May 12, on the 33rd day after the second day of Passover in the midst of the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. ("Lag" is the Hebrew numerical equivalent of 33). For me and my husband, Lag B'Omer is a doubly special celebration. A few decades ago, we were married on Lag...
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