Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

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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Recording star Rami Kleinstein made the move from his native New York at age 8 in 1970 to the desert storm that was the Mideast at a time when things, according to Dylan, were a'changin'. "I grew up influenced by the Beatles, a time of flowers in your hair -- and you take that with you," he says. Kleinstein's take...
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Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
It is traditional to wish someone celebrating a birthday ad me'ah v'esrim -- "until 120." However, living a long life is not enough. No matter how many -- or how few -- years we're given, we want them to count. And with this week's double portion, the Torah describes God's prescription for a meaningful life. Toward the end of Acharei...
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