Friday, July 3, 2015 Tammuz 16, 5775

BAMIDBAR, Numbers: 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Ever had a bad neighbor? You know: the upstairs family that sounds like a herd of elephants at night? The next door workaholic who likes to get the mowing done before rush hour? While describing a census of the Jewish people and the role of the 12 tribes in transporting the Tabernacle, this week's portion also gives us a glimpse...
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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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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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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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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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