Monthly archives for April, 2015

Acharei Mot (After the death) / K’dos...

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Acharei Mot – Leviticus 16:1 to 18:30 K’doshim – Leviticus 19:1 to 20:27 These two combined parshot are roughly in the center of Torah and sum up the message of Torah…. K’doshim begins the Holiness Code which tells how mankind should act as individuals and as a community. The two parshot read this week are […]

Tazria / Metzorah – Torah In Ha...

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When things just aren’t right … Some ritual is required … To get back on track — This week’s haiku was inspired by what Anita Silvert wrote on her blog, Jewish Jems, for this portion. She puts a new spin on the idea of being tamei (impure), comparing it to being “in a foul mood, […]

Tazria–(Childbirth) / M’tzora–(Leper)

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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 […]

Sh’mini – Torah In Haiku

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Aaron and his sons … Eleazar and Ithamar …  Forbidden to mourn — Leviticus 10:6-7 [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 […]

Sh’mini (Eighth)

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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 […]

Sefirat HaOmer – Torah In Haiku

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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 […]

Pesach – Torah In Haiku

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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 […]

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