The parsha of Emor contains a chapter dedicated to the festivals of the Jewish year. There are five such passages in the Torah. Two, both in the book of Exodus (Ex. 23:14-17; 34:18, 22-23), are very brief. They refer only to the three pilgrimage festivals, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot. They do not specify their dates, […]
There is nothing permanent except change – Heraclitus It is told of a king who once offered his beautiful daughter and half his kingdom to anyone who could provide for him something that would make him happy when he was sad and sad when he was happy. Despite death being the consequence to anyone who […]
Sometimes life is simple; sometimes it is terribly complex. Simplicity is when the choices presented are clear; good and bad are easy to identify, and good is an easily accessible choice. Sometimes, though, we are forced to choose between two goods, or alternatively, to choose the lesser of two evils. It is in these situations […]
ולא תחללו את שם קדשי ונקדשתי בתוך בני ישראל אני ה’ מקדשכם כב:לב Rashi says that lo sechalelu includes “do not do aveiros b’meizid.” What this means is as the Rambam writes. The Rambam (hilchos Yesodei Ha’Torah 5:10) says that if someone does an aveirah bi’shat nefesh l’hachis, in flagrant disdain, it […]
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.
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 […]