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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) […]

Be Strong! Be Strong! Be Strengthened!

Blog Vayakhel Pikudei Adar 25 5780 בלוג וַיַּקְהֵל פְקוּדֵי, כ”ה אדר תש”פ חזק חזק ונתחזק Chazak! Chazak! V’nitchazek! At this time of the reading of this double portion Vayakhel Pikudei which ends the Book of Shemot, as we do with each Book of the Torah, we say, חזק חזק ונתחזק Chazak! Chazak! V’nitchazek! Be Strong! […]

Do Not Look for Excuses!

Parashat Ki Tissa begins “when you take a census…” referred to the counting of the men, 20 years and older, who would serve in the Israeli army, demonstrating the confidence that we had in our own strength. The Creator asked Israel “not” to take a census unless He specifically called for one, to show us […]

What Unites Us?

Blog Terumah Adar 4 5780 בלוג תְּרוּמָה, ד’ אדר תש”פ The last parashah ends with Moshe going up Mt. Sinai where he will remain 40 days and 40 nights receiving the tablets of the Ten Commandments. Suddenly the Torah jumps to Parashat Terumah which will deal with the description of the building of the Mishkan. […]