1 Iyar 5780

April 24, 2020 This week’s double portion, Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33), first speaks of the effect of childbirth as a state of ritual impurity and then moves into the medical issue of tzara’at, a strange, leprosy-like malady that afflicted people. In the second part, Metzora, we read about how houses get tzara’at and walls need to be torn out or even the…

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24 Nisan 5780

April 17, 2020 We read in this week.s portion, Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47), “Then Moses said to Aaron, This is what Adonai meant when God said, Through those near to Me I show Myself holy, and gain glory before all the people. And Aaron was silent.” (10:3) In this week’s portion tragedy hits Aaron and his…

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17 Nisan 5780

April 10, 2020 On the Shabbat during Passover, we read the special portion from Exodus 33:12-34:26, and we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God’s face, God tells Moses, “I will make My goodness pass before…

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10 Nisan 5780

April 3, 2020 This week’s Torah portion, Parshat Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36), teaches us that the priests are charged with performing all the sacrificial duties in the Tabernacle. Only they have full access to the altar upon which the offerings of the people of Israel are brought, in service to God. Our Torah portion explains that their special…

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