Monthly archives for March, 2016

Sh’mini (Eighth)

Sh'mini

Leviticus 9:1 to 11:47 One of Torah’s most shocking events, the deaths of Aaron’s sons for presenting “alien fire” during the dedication of the Tabernacle, demonstrates the importance of obeying the commandments and laws of God. Back in Exodus the Eternal spoke to Moses about the rituals for the Tabernacle: “You shall make an altar […]

Tzav – Torah in Haiku

Tzav

  SEEKING HOLINESS? … SURROUND YOURSELF WITH PEOPLE … SEEKING HOLINESS —   This week’s haiku was inspired by “The Holy Touch”, Anita Silvert’s post this week on her blog, Jewish Gems. When you associate with people whose outlook on life whose actions and speech find the holiness in life, then you will tend to […]

Tzav (Command)

Tzvav

Leviticus 6:1 to 8:36 The system of sacrificial offerings as a way of communicating with God has been out of practice for nearly two thousand years. Is its replacement – prayer – an effective substitute? “The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying ‘Command Aaron and his sons thus: This is the ritual of the burnt […]

Vayikra – Torah In Haiku

Vaykkra

  A TINY ALEPH … TEACHES US TO FIND MEANING … IN LIFE’S CHANCE EVENTS —–   The first word of our portion – the first word of the Book of Leviticus – is written with a small aleph as shown in the image accompanying this post. One explanation for this scribal oddity can be […]

Vayikra (And He called)

Vayikra

Leviticus 1:1 to 5:26 Leviticus is often seen as a “guidebook” for the Levite priests of Israel. While it starts with an outdated sacrificial system, it contains many ideas that present great truths for today. Even the sacrificial system can spotlight the concepts of what “holiness” is and how to achieve real forgiveness. This week […]

P’kudei – Torah In Haiku

P'kudei

Mishkan completed … A cloud settled upon it … The Glory of God — Exodus 40:34 The cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Glory of God filled the Tabernacle. This week’s reading is the final portion in the Book of Exodus. חזק חזק ונתחזק – Chazak, chazak, v’nitchzek The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow www.thetorahinhaiku.com […]

P’kudei (Records)

P'kudei

Exodus 38:21 to 40:35 With this parsha, as the Tabernacle is assembled, we take a closer look at this structure, its significance, and its similarities to our present-day sanctuaries. This parsha completes the Book of Exodus…. The Israelites are assembling the Tabernacle … “ the home for God.” This structure creates a visual reminder for […]

Vayak’heil – Haiku In Tor...

Vayak'heil

GOD’S PRIORITIES … LET’S BUILD THE TABERNACLE … BUT FIRST, SHABBAT REST — This week’s portion is almost entirely concerned with the building of the Tabernacle. But it begins with the commandment to rest on Shabbat.   The Torah In Haiku Ed Nickow www.thetorahinhaiku.com

Vayak’heil (Assemble the Commun...

Jewish Art

Exodus 35:1 to 38:20 The Tabernacle, as described in Torah, was a work of art. Until the late 19th Century, Jewish history, art has mainly taken the form of ritual objects with few human forms depicted. With the enlightenment and Jewish assimilation of the late 1800’s, Jewish art entered mainstream world art. This week’s parsha […]

Ki Tisa – Torah In Haiku

MOSES, RADIANT … AFTER EXPERIENCING … THE PRESENCE OF GOD —     Moses returned to the mountain after the Golden Calf incident. As Rabbi Beth Kalisch writes in this week’s Ten Minutes of Torah, he had the chutzpah to ask God, “Oh, let me behold Your Presence!” (Exodus 33:18). God didn’t completely grant Moses’s […]

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