Torah Reflections: May 21 – 27, 2017

B’midbar Numbers 1:1 – 4:20 Too Big to Fail “Too big to fail.” It seems this pithy phrase has become the new mantra of American life since 2008. Time and again our news media brandishes the fear of financial disaster if this company goes under, or that...

Torah Reflections: May 14 – 20, 2017

B’har – B’chukotai Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34 The Evolving God of Our Understanding The last Torah portion in the Book of Leviticus, B’chukotai, begins with: “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments…” [Lev. 26:3] and continues...

Torah Reflections: May 7 – 13, 2017

Emor Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 Knowing God vs. Playing God The beginning verses in this week’s Torah portion are rather challenging to our current understanding of spirituality. They define an impossibly strict code of holiness for the priestly caste. In reading...

Torah Reflections: April 30 – May 6, 2017

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30 Drawing Closer Through Generosity There is an interesting passage in this week’s Torah portion that caught my eye this time around. God, through Moses, asks the Israelites to only bring sacrifices at the...

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