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
Boy this year is flying by-i can’t believe it is march! But more than that, I can’t believe we have already completed two books of our Torah-it feels like just yesterday that we were celebrating Simchat Torah-the moment where we finished the torah reading cycle, and then immediately commenced the reading again. I am sure Read More
Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Tetzaveh, God appoints Aaron and his sons as priests. God describes the priestly clothing and explains how to properly sanctify the priests. Aaron is commanded to make incense offerings to God every morning on an altar. God explains that once a year Aaron will make an offering on that altar to Read More
Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Mishpatim, Moses details many of God’s laws to the Israelites. These include laws about worshiping other gods, kashrut, business ethics and treatment of animals. God outlines the details of three holidays: Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot. God provides an angel to protect the Israelites from their enemies and warns the Israelites not Read More
Shabbat Shalom! In this Torah portion, Yitro, Moses tells his father-in-law, Jethro, about the miracle of the exodus. Jethro proclaims that the Israelite God is greater than all other gods, and he makes a sacrifice. Jethro then advises Moses to delegate leadership roles in order not to tire himself out. The Israelites camp at the bottom of Read More