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What Does “To Be Holy” Really Mean?

Blog Kedoshim Iyar 6th 5779 בלוג קְדֹשִׁים, ו’ אייר תשע”ט The Parashah Kedoshim begins in Leviticus 19:1 and 2 with:  “א וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה, אֶל-מֹשֶׁה לֵּאמֹר ב דַּבֵּר אֶל-כָּל-עֲדַת בְּנֵי-יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְאָמַרְתָּ אֲלֵהֶם–קְדֹשִׁים תִּהְיוּ: כִּי קָדוֹשׁ, אֲנִי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם.. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and […]

Is Our Morality Congruent with the Torah...

Blog Acharei Mot Nisan 29 5779 בלוג אַחֲרֵי מוֹת, כ”ט ניסן תשע”ט This parashah begins with the regulations for Yom Kippur for the Cohanim in chapters 16 and 17, warning Aaron that there was danger if they didn’t follow all these regulations set down by the Creator, to the point that they could even lose […]

Eighth Day of Pesach?

Eighth Day of Pesach  22nd Nisan 5779 שמונה יום של פסח, כ”ב ניסן תשע”ט The Eighth day of Pesach actually says it all… in the Torah there is no eighth day of Pesach. So why do we all celebrate it? Does the Bore Olam needs adulation? No! what He wants is a two-way relationship! What […]

A Pesach Message

First Day of Pesach  Nisan 15 5779 חיום הראשון של פסח, ט”ו ניסן תשע”ט I would like us today to understand how we can each relate to Pesach on a personal level. If we were living at the time of the Exodus, who would we be? Would we be a part of Israel or Egypt? […]

Can We Tame our Tongue?    

Blog Metzora Nisan 8 5779 בלוג מְּצֹרָע, ח’ ניסן תשע”ט This portion Metzora continues the teachings of tahor and tamei, clean and unclean.  The disease Tzaraat translated as leprosy is not the Hansen’s disease of today.  It is a spiritual disease, one that is eating us from within. We use our tongue to both bless […]

Am I Clean or Unclean?

Blog Tazria Nissan 1 5779 בלוג תַזְרִיעַ, א’ ניסן תשע”ט Although Tazria has been translated as “she conceived”, the root is the Hebrew word, Zera – זרע meaning “seed” referring to “offspring or descendants not just the literal seed of the male. It is important to understand that the Torah is our guide; it is […]

Are We Kosher Enough?

Blog Shemini Adar II 23 5779 בלוג שְּׁמִינִי, כ”ג אדר ב’ תשע”ט In Shemini, we arrive at the final inauguration of the Mishkan by Aaron, the Cohen Hagadol and his sons. Up to this moment, the people had all participated together, working hard to build the Mishkan, bringing all the elements needed, and now they […]

Our God Doesn’t Need Appeasement!

Blog Tsav Adar II 16th 5779 בלוג צַו, ט”ז אדר ב’ תשע”ט This second portion of Vayikra continues the Korbanot, the offerings. It begins in the parashat Vayikra with the calling of the individual where each one was called by their own name, allotting to them a place of importance. Next, in this parashat Tzav, […]

The True Offering!

Blog Vayikra 9 Adar ll 5779 בלוג וַיִּקְרָא, ט’ אדר ב’ תשע”ט The events of Vayikra (Leviticus) take place in the first month of the second year after leaving Egypt; the Hebrew people had almost lost their identity having been immersed in the pagan culture of Egypt and Moshe had to reintroduce them to the […]

Are we Accountable?

Blog Pikudei Adar II 2nd 5779 בלוג פְקוּדֵי, ב’ אדר ב’ תשע”ט This portion Pikudei finishes the book of Exodus. Looking back, we see that Exodus began after the eleven brothers and their families moved to Egypt, the twelfth brother Joseph being there already. Together the brothers formed a nation that would flourish and be […]