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Tazria Leviticus 12:1 to 13:59
M’tzora – Leviticus 14:1 to 15:33
The text describes a disease similar to Leprosy. Even though there is no mention of gossip or lashon hara (negative speech) in this week’s text, commentators have tied this ailment to the sin of gossip/ lashon hara.
This week we read a double portion. After reading these [...]
Aaron and his sons …
Eleazar and Ithamar …
Forbidden to mourn —
[After the deaths of Nadav and Abihu] Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithamar, “Do not bare your heads and do not rend your clothes, lest you die and anger strike the whole community. But your kinsmen, all the house of Israel, [...]
Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47
Two major events occur during this portion – The deaths of Aaron’s sons during the consecration of the Tabernacle… and the presentation of the Dietary Laws. Both are presented without explanation.
Like other portions of Torah, this week’s title comes from one of the first words of the text… “On the eighth day (of the co [...]
To count the omer …
You need a minyan of hands …
Seven weeks, plus one —
Starting on the second night of Passover we count seven weeks, a period called the omer. The fiftieth day is Shavuot (literally “weeks”) the only holiday in the Torah whose date is not mentioned. Rather it is determined by counting the days [...]
TONIGHT’S FOR QUESTIONS …
BEFORE YOU START ANSWERING …
CONSIDER WHO ASKED —
One of the lessons of the seder is that each of our children is unique. So when they ask questions each must be answered in a different way.
Some children ask very specific questions. They will not be satisfied unless you provide detailed answers, w [...]
Sacrificial blood …
Placed on ears, thumbs and big toes …
Of Aaron and sons —
He brought forward the … ram of ordination … and it was slaughtered. Moses took some of its blood and put it on the ridge of Aaron’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the big toe of his right foot. [...]
Leviticus 6:1 to 8:36
In Biblical times, wrongful acts (sins) were forgiven through animal sacrifices. After the Temple’s destruction, prayer replaced the sacrifices. But, how does prayer forgive sin?
This week’s Torah reading gives added details regarding the ritual animal sacrifices as the Eternal speaks to Moses about the “commands” [...]
Mishkan completed …
Now the rules for korbanot …
Drawing close to God —
The Book of Leviticus begins with rules for the sacrifices – korbanot – that will take place in the Tabernacle (Mishkan) that was completed as the Book of Exodus ended. The Hebrew provides us with clues to find meaning in these difficult pas [...]
Leviticus 1:1 to 5:26
The text discusses animal sacrifices made in the Tabernacle, and later in the Temple. When the Temple was destroyed, sacrifices were replaced with prayer. Is prayer as effective?
Last week we finished Exodus and read about the building of the Tabernacle – A home for God in the Israelite community. This week we begin a ne [...]
All whose hearts moved them …
All who were skilled – with “wise hearts” …
All built the Mishkan —
Everyone whose heart so moves them shall bring gifts for God
Let all among you who are skilled come and make all the God has commanded
The Hebrew word לב (lev = heart) is used 14 time [...]
Vayak’heil (And he convoked or And he assembled)- Exodus 35:1 to 38:20
P’kudei – (Records or Accounts)Exodus 38:21 to 40:38
Final chapters of Sh’mot/Exodus– a double parsha. In Vayak’heil the materials for the construction the Tabernacle and the and the priestly vestments are assembled. The importance of Shabbat is again emphasized. In [...]
Exodus 30:11 to 34:35
This parsha includes the two very significant events that will shape the future of the Israelite people– the construction of the Golden Calf and the subsequent visit by Moses to God where he asks the forgiveness of God for the people’s action and receives a new covenant.
Moses has just concluded his forty day meeting wit [...]