An Extension of Holiness

April 28, 2014, by

Centuries ago, a major argument shook the Jewish world. The argument centered around the omer offering, specifically regarding the interpretation of the Torah passage commanding that the omer ceremony be performed “after the Shabbat.” In context, the word Shabbat clearly refers to the Passover holiday, which is also a sabbatical day – a day of […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Emor 5760

February 21, 2014, by

Numbers in [square brackets] are the mitzva-count of the Sefer HaChinuch. Kohen – first Aliya – 15 p’sukim – 21:1-15 This Aliya is particularly appropriate for a kohen; not all first Aliyot are. Following Parshat K’doshim, which focuses on the challenge to the individual Jew and the whole Jewish community to rise to higher levels […]

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Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Emor 5759

February 19, 2014, by

Numbers in [brackets] are the mitzva-count according to the Sefer HaChinuch. Other counts vary. Kohen First Aliya -15 p’sukim (21:1-15) This Aliya is particularly appropriate for a kohen; not all first Aliyot are. Following Parshat K’doshim, which focuses on the challenge to the individual Jew and the whole Jewish community to rise to higher levels […]

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Emor – Rishon

April 20, 2013, by

G-d gave Moshe instructions for the kohanim (priests). They were not permitted to become unclean through proximity to a corpse, except for one of the seven close relatives (father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter, wife). Even then, there are restrictions: his sister must be unmarried and his wife must be someone permitted to him. (Be […]

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