The Foolish Shaming the Wise

Parashat Tazria (She Conceives) & Metzora (Leprosy) Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1–13:8 & 14:1–15:33 Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3–20 This week’s Parasha contains some very interesting precepts that God gave to the children of Israel regarding that which … Read More

What Does God Ask of You?

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1–7:17 In our Parasha portion we read of the incredible account that took place when Aaron offered the sacrifice before the Lord:  Then Aaron lifted up … Read More

Giving Him Our All

Parashat Tzav (Command) Shemot (Exodus) 6:1–8:36 (English 6:8–8:36) Haftarah: Malachi 3:4–24 This Shabbat is the Shabbat before Passover. It is called the “Shabbat HaGadol” (Great Sabbath) because while in Egypt, it was on Shabbat that … Read More

Sacrifices from the Heart

Parashat Vayikra (And He Called) Vayikra (Leviticus) 1:1–5:26 Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21–44:23 This week, we begin reading from the Book of Leviticus. I was talking to a good friend of mine about it, and he rightly … 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

God’s Endless Grace

Parashat Bechukotai (In my decrees) Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:3–27:34 Our weekly parasha opens with the word “if”: If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out. Leviticus 26:3 “If”, … Read More