13 Nisan 5781

March 26, 2021 As we prepare for Passover tomorrow night, for this Shabbat, we read Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36). On the night of the first Passover, when the Children of Israel were still officially slaves in Egypt, God instructed the Hebrews to seclude themselves in their homes. They were even told to mark their doorways with the…

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6 Nisan 5781

March 19, 2021 This Shabbat, we begin the book of Leviticus, or Vayikra in Hebrew. And most conveniently, our first portion is also called Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26). And to be sure, this is about sacrifices – Animal offerings, Grain offerings, and even monetary offerings – Korbanot, as we call them in Hebrew. Technically speaking, each sacrifice was designed to help…

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28 Adar 5781

March 12, 2021 We need to name it. It’s a little scary out there right now. The fear that some are feeling as we slowly attempt to move forward towards the next normal. The spread of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which has been deadly to a whole segment of our population, the long incubation and infectious…

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21 Adar 5781

March 5, 2021 HAPPY SHABBAT PARAH! Wait?! What?! What is Shabbat Parah you ask? This Shabbat we read Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35), plus an additional selection for Shabbat Parah. These readings are riddled with paradoxes. Moses, who counsels God regarding anger management, cannot seem to manage his own. Then God, who meets with Moses face to…

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