29 Iyar 5780

May 22, 2020 This portion that begins the Book of Numbers, Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20) is generally read on the Shabbat before the festival of Shavuot – z’man matan torateinu – “the time of the giving of our law,” the revelation at Sinai. So the Sages, believing that nothing is coincidental, searched for some connection between the two. To find one…

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22 Iyar 5780

May 15, 2020 The book of Leviticus concludes on this Shabbat in a double portion, Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:34) by outlining the blessings that will follow if the people are faithful to their covenant with God. Then it describes the curses that will befall them if they are not. The general principle is clear. In biblical times, the…

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15 Iyar 5780

May 8, 2020 Here we are, finishing up the eighth week of our self-quarantine to protect both ourselves and so many around us. I know it has been challenging for many of us, especially for those who are physically alone. The outpouring of compassion and love that I have seen all of us share with…

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8 Iyar 5780

May 1, 2020 Once again, this week’s Torah reading, Acharei Mot/Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) is a double portion. In the second part, Kedoshim, we learn of two very powerful commands: “Love your neighbor as yourself: I am Adonai” goes the first. “When a stranger comes to live in your land, do not mistreat them,” goes the second, and continues,…

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