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“We will Do, and We will Obey”

Blog Shavuot Second Day Sivan 7 5780 בלוג שָׁבֻעֹת שני, ז’ סיון תש”פ Due to Shavuot this portion lies outside the regular Torah readings and speaks of bringing a second tithe for those who have special needs such as the widow, the orphan and the foreigner. The Creator wants us to give with a willing […]

We are Called to Serve, Not to be Served...

Blog Bamidbar Iyar 29th 5780 בלוג בְּמִדְבַּר, כ”ט אייר תש”פ Bamidbar (In the Desert), also called Numbers is a book that deals less with rules and regulations and is more about the development of Israel as a community during their last thirty-eight years in the desert. The journey was supposed to take eleven days but […]

He Who Lives by the Sword…

…will Die by the Sword Blog Behar Bechukotai Iyar 22 5780  בְּהַר – בְּחֻקֹּתַי, כ”ב אייר  תש”פ This double portion Behar (At the Mountain) – Bechukotai (My Ordinances) is short but full of meat. The Creator called the people of Israel His “avadim – עֲבָדִים”, servants or in the singular, “eved – עֶבֶד” which might […]

The Torah is Alive!

Blog Emor Iyar 15 5780 בלוג אֱמֹר, ט”ו אייר תש”פ This portion, Emor (Speak) deals with the many rules and regulations for the Cohanim. How do we apply this to our lives today? I teach our community to live the Torah, the instructions given to us by the Bore Olam, our Creator. Most of us […]

True Morality Comes from above, Not from...

Blog Acharei Mot- Kedoshim Iyar 8 5780 בלוג אַחֲרֵי מוֹת-קְדֹשִׁים, ח’ אייר תש”פ True Morality Comes from above, Not from Us! Acharei Mot (After the death) speaks about the tragic death of Aaron’s two sons. This is followed by the rules for the rituals at Yom Kippur so that no one else would meet with […]

Are the Spiritual and Physical Connected...

Blog Tazria-Metzora April 25 2020, Iyar 1 5780 בלוג תַזְרִיע – מְּצֹרָע, אייר תש”פ In the first part of the double Parashot, Tazria – Metzora, at first glance Tazria seems to corroborate the idea that has filtered down throughout the ages, that women are dirty during their time of menstruation. At the time when this […]

Are We Kosher Enough?

Parashat Shemini Nisan 24 5780 בלוג שְּׁמִינִי, כ”ד ניסן תש”פ In Parashat Shemini, the 8th day, the Creator was preparing the Cohanim, Aaron and his sons to do things the right way so that the people could FOCUS upon Him. It is not easy to change our way of thinking since our pride often holds […]

Shabbat Chol Ha Moed Nisan 17, 5780 שבת חול המועד, י”ז ניסן תש”פ Passover: A Festival of Thanksgiving On this intermediary Shabbat, we pause from the regular Torah readings and turn to Pesach. Right now, we are isolated within our homes and even though we are separated from each other, we are looking forward to […]

A True Offering

Blog Tzav Nissan 10 5780 בלוג צַו, י’ ניסן תש”פ Last week in Vayikra “And He called” we learned that He called the community to bring the Korbanot, the offerings to Him. This week in Parashat Tzav, “He commands” Aaron and his children, the Cohanim, how to offer the Korbanot. They would perform and teach […]

We Have Been Called!

Blog Vayikra Nisan 3 5780 בלוג וַיִּקְרָא, ג’ ניסן תש”פ This book Vayikra – “And He called”- better known as the book of Leviticus, is also called the Book of the Cohanim. It has three themes: 1) the Korbanot, the offerings 2) Tahor and Tamei, what is clean and unclean, proper and improper and 3) […]