The True Purpose of Blessing: Nasso

The True Purpose of Blessing: Nasso Nasso: Numbers 4:21-7:89 In our Torah reading this week we happen upon one of the central blessings of our tradition; the Priestly Blessing. And the Eternal spoke to Moses, saying; Speak to Aaron and to his sons saying; Thus you...

Knowing God vs Playing God: Emor

Knowing God vs Playing God Emor: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 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...

The Pursuit of Holiness: Kedoshim

The Pursuit of Holiness Kedoshim: Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to the entire Israelite community and say to them: You shall be holy, for I, the Eternal your God, am holy. [Lev. 19:1-2] Most rabbinic and scholarly...

Passover Reflections: April 19-28, 2019

Mandatory Generosity at Our Seder Tonight, at our first Passover Seder, we will begin telling the story of our exodus from Egypt raising the matzah and saying in one voice: Ha lachma anya… This is the bread of affliction, the bread of simplicity, which our ancestors...

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