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“My Sin is Before Me Always”
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We live at a time when even the most “humble” amongst us seems to have a blog, or a Twitter account, or a website or, or, or… or some other way or means for amplifying his voice, perspectives, “teachings”, etc. As you can imagine, if the humble is so quick to trumpet his gifts then […]
Fire: Holy and Unholy
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The shock is immense. For several weeks and many chapters – the longest prelude in the Torah – we have read of the preparations for the moment at which God would bring His presence to rest in the midst of the people. Five parshiyot (Terumah, Tetzaveh, Ki Tissa, Vayakhel and Pekudei) describe the instructions for […]
FreeBird
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The twin Torah portions of Tazria and Metzora contend with many physiological phenomena – some commonplace and natural, others rare and sinister: Everything from childbirth and common bodily excretions to skin lesions, leprosy and strange afflictions of garments and homes. Although these are all physical, if not physiological conditions, the Torah prescribes a spiritual response: […]
You Are What You Eat
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One of the distinguishing practices of Jewish observance is the distinct set of dietary considerations that constitutes the laws of kashrut. In the early chapters of the Torah,the prohibition against eating any part of a live animal is introduced – not as a “Jewish” law, but rather as a universal practice. Later, in the chapters […]
Pesach – Children of Redemption
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At the Pesach seder, we read out something very important in the Haggadah-an open invitation to guests. But who are we inviting? And why? Rabbi Micah Greenland, NCSY International Director, answers these questions, and teaches us about the mindset we need to merit the ultimate redemption. Chag kasher v’sameach!