Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
TAZRIA-METZORA, Leviticus 12-1-15:33
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Were you to ask what our tradition attributes as the first thing created by God, you no doubt would be tempted to go to the first verse of the Torah, the road map of creation and our blueprint for Jewish life. Bereshit bara Elokim et hashamayim v'et ha'aretz : "In the beginning of God's creating the heavens and the earth"...
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OMER, Shemini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
This day on the Jewish calendar was momentous and writ large: Rosh Chodesh Nissan. The new month of Nissan had arrived, and with it came the dedication of God's Tabernacle. Though housing a physical structure, the Tabernacle was meant to be a focal point for engaging with a metaphysical yet profoundly felt Divine Presence. Its official inauguration was cause for...
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CHOL HAMOED, OMER, Exodus 33:12-34:26
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
You're probably tempted to sing the words right now as you read; it is, after all, a sonorous "spiritual of old." "Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last." But let's recall that we, the Jewish people, wrote the original score. We say it; we pray it -- so it must be true. Pesach...
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TZAV, SHABBAT HAGADOL, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Historically, it's been suggested, rabbis waxed oratorical and preached to their congregations on only two Sabbaths of the year: Shabbat Shuva and Shabbat Hagadol -- the former right before Yom Kippur, the latter before Passover. (Is this what people mean when they say: "Rabbi, how I miss the good old days!") Why is this week called "The Great Shabbat"? The...
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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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