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Parshat Emor: Do the Math
It’s as easy as 1+1 = 2, right?? Rabbi Moshe Benovitz, from NCSY Kollel, teaches us about the true nature of counting the Omer, which is discussed in this week’s parsha, and how to bundle up seemingly random behaviors into a lifestyle of positivity.
Sanctifying the Name
A President guilty of sexual abuse. A Prime Minister indicted on charges of corruption and bribery. Rabbis in several countries accused of financial impropriety, sexual harassment and child abuse. That such things happen testifies to a profound malaise in contemporary Jewish life. More is at stake than simply morality. Morality is universal. Bribery, corruption and […]
Rabbi Weinreb’s Parsha Column, Emor: “Introvert/Extrovert”
Although many of his adherents deny it, he definitely had an anti-Semitic streak and was at least, for a time, sympathetic to the Nazi cause. Yet he was one of the major psychological theorists of the 20th century, and I personally have found his insights into the human mind both fascinating and practical. His name […]
Teach Your Children
As is often the case, the name of this week’s parasha is taken from a word in the very first verse:emor- “speak”. In fact, the act of speech appears three times in this verse: And God said to Moshe: Speak to the kohanim, the sons of Aharon, and say to them: Let none [of you] […]
This Day: Derech Eretz and the Study of Torah
Our modern culture teaches us to “stop and smell the roses.” To relax, “take a load off”. We push ourselves too relentlessly, we are told. We need to take time and “de-stress”, as if all actions that we perform are of equal value and weight. It is not that we need to stop what we […]
Introduction An Enigmatic Phrase Vayikra 23 provides a complete list of the annual festivals. After opening by commanding the observance of Shabbat, Pesach, and Chag HaMatzot, it turns to describe the Omer offering and the fifty day leading up to the bringing of the Two Loaves (“שתי הלחם”). In recording the dates of these two offerings […]