Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Av 24, 5774
VAYIKRA, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
This week we begin the third book of the Torah: Vayikra. The book's English name, Leviticus, reflects the important role of the tribe of Levi in the early days of our people. Particularly at that time, the Levites (and the priests, or Kohanim, who were one part of the Levi tribe) served in ongoing daily religious life. Their work centered...
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VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI, Exodus 35:1-40:38
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
The second part of this week's double portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei contains a mundane account of all the materials that went into the making of the Tabernacle. Our sages derive a profound lesson from the opening words of Pekudei: "These are the accounts of the Tabernacle which were rendered according to the commandment of Moses ... by the hand of Itamar." They...
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KI TISA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
In the fascinating book Name Dropping , the late economist and perennial presidential adviser John Kenneth Galbraith tells the following story. President Lyndon Johnson was known to be a colorful man -- rude and charming, cunning and innocent, all at the same time. A former Johnson speechwriter once joked to Galbraith that "LBJ was seven of the most interesting people...
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TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
If you've been to Montreal or other parts of Quebec, you may have noticed a fascinating tag line on their license plates: Je me souviens , which translates as "I remember." Never one to pass up a story, I asked a concierge at a swanky hotel -- these individuals are supposed to know everything, n'est ce pas ? -- what...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein
When God asked the Israelites to bring gifts "from their heart" to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle, every person in the entire community went back to their tents to pick out their favorite possessions to bring to the center of the camp. No one wanted to be left out of the building. So, they brought back tanned rammed...
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