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Be Not Afraid of Greatness
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Embedded in this week’s parsha are two of the most fundamental commands of Judaism – commands that touch on the very nature of Jewish identity. Do not desecrate My holy name. I must be sanctified among the Israelites. I am the Lord, who made you holy and who brought you out of Egypt to be […]
An Extension of Holiness
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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 […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parashat Emor 5760
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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 […]
Aliya-by-Aliya Parshat Emor 5759
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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 […]