Shabbat Shalom! In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, God describes the restrictions related to priests’ sexuality and marriage. God then describes a variety of holidays, including Passover, Shabbat, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot. God outlines the omer period, asking the Israelites to bring food offerings to the priests for seven weeks.
Each year, as I begin my studies with the bnai mitzvah families, we study the origin of Judaism and we look Abraham. We wonder-why him? When then? And what we can we learn. We review how Abraham was the original monotheist, and how, according the midrashim, rabbinic legend, it was Abraham that broke the idols Read More
Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Kedoshim, God describes to Moses many ethical and ritual laws aimed at helping people live lives of holiness. The laws described include some of those recorded in the Ten Commandments, such as respecting one’s parents, keeping the Sabbath and not stealing. God also introduces laws about farming and about Read More
If you were at the same Mets game that I was at, with my family, during Passover, you would think the entire stadium was Jewish. You wouldn’t imagine that we are only 2% of the world’s population, and given the ability to have kosher food, including a k for P bun, you certainly wouldn’t think Read More