The Privilege of a Blessing

Parashat Nasso (Lift Up) Bamidbar (Numbers) 4:21–7:89 In our reading this week, we find a very special prayer and blessing which is possibly one of the most well-known blessings, known as the Priestly blessing, or … Read More

The Inner Circle

Parashat Bamidbar (In the Desert/Wilderness) Bamidbar (Numbers) 1:1–4:20 The Book of Numbers in Hebrew is called “In the Desert (Wilderness)” and it speaks of the time when the children of Israel wandered in the desert … Read More

Holding On Too Tight

Parashat Bahar (On the Mountain)& Bechukotai (In My Decrees) VaYikra (Leviticus) 25:1–26:2 & 26:3–27:34 Our weekly reading made me think about things that we hold on to, and the possessions that we think belong to … Read More

Holy Fuel

Parashat Emor (Say) VaYikra (Leviticus) 21:1–24:23 Oil was the primary “fuel” for lamps in biblical times. The oil for lamps is mentioned many times throughout the Word of God, and for good reason; it’s not … Read More

Deadly Sin

Parashat Acharei Mot (After the Death) & Parashat Kedoshim (Holy Ones) VaYikra (Leviticus) 16:1–18:30 & 19:1–20:27 Our weekly Scripture reading brings us to two very interesting portions, “After Death” and “Holy Ones”. I have previously … Read More

Bold Belief

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) & Metzora (Leprosy) VaYikra (Leviticus) 12:1–13:8 & 14:1–15:33 In our Scripture reading this week, we read an interesting and sometimes puzzling set of purity laws that have a powerful connection to … Read More

A Strange Fire

Parashat Shmini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 In my last blog entry, Don’t Miss this Opportunity, I wrote that, if after the current Covid-19 pandemic, everything will simply “return to normal”, we will have missed an … Read More

Don’t Miss this Opportunity

This past Wednesday, in my house in the Jerusalem hills, I had the privilege to join Jewish people around the world in an ancient tradition called Passover. There is no doubt that this year’s Pesach … Read More

Passover: A New Meaning for Our Time

On Wednesday evening this coming week, my family and I will have the privilege to join Jewish people around the world in an ancient tradition called Passover. This feast of remembrance, which God instructed Moses … Read More

Let Go and Let God!

After spending some time praying, I felt led to stop my regular blog commentary on the weekly Scripture portion (parasha) and share some thoughts on the current reality we are facing due to the coronavirus. … Read More