Do Our Traditions Honor God?

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Shabbat HaChodesh (Shabbat of The Month) : Exodus 12:1-20 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16-46:18 This week we have a special reading for what is known as Shabbat HaChodesh, which is the Shabbat … Read More

Foreign Fire

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 In reading this week’s Parashah and Haftarah portions, I was once again struck by two tragic accounts. In Leviticus 10:1–2 we read: Now Nadab and Abihu, … Read More


Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Maftir: Numbers 19:1–22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16–38 This week there is a special reading for what is called “Shabbat Parah”, which is the Shabbat before the “Shabbat HaChodesh” (Sabbath of … 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

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

Be Holy!

Parashat Shemini (Eight) Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 Have you ever wondered why God gave Israel laws regarding food in the Bible? In this week’s portion, we read God’s instructions to Israel with regard to the animals … Read More

Parashat Shemini (Eighth)

VaYiqra (Leviticus) 9:1–11:47 After a two-week “break” from the regular study of the Parasha (weekly reading of Scripture which is read in synagogues) due to Pesach (Passover), this week we return to the scheduled readings. … Read More

Parashat Shemini (Eight)

Vayikra (Leviticus) 9:1-11:47 This week’s reading is very interesting and rich; it contains some nuggets of wisdom for those of us who fear the Lord and follow Him. First, let me remind us of one … Read More

Parashat Sh’mini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47

בס״ד Parashat Sh’mini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Haftarah: 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17 Unless you live in Israel, you will be reading a different Torah portion this Shabbat than the one on which I am writing. Outside of … Read More

Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47

בס”ד Parashat Shemini (Eighth) Leviticus 9:1-11:47 Shabbat Parah Maftir: Numbers 19:1-22 Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:16-38 Once again, this week there is a special Shabbat— Shabbat Parah (Cow). This is of course in regard to the Red … Read More