Archive for April, 2011

Kedoshim 5771 — Holiness Online

April 27, 2011
Kedoshim 5771 — Holiness Online

love thy neighbor You shall be holy; for I the Lord your God am holy.  …Leviticus 19:2 You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind, but shall fear your God; I am the Lord. …Leviticus 19:14 You shall not hate your brother in your heart; you shall surely...
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Passover Sermons

April 16, 2011

This post is something a little different — instead of my ideas, I’m including links to other “Passover Torah” (well one of them is mine…).  Below find links to some Passover Torah I found online and appreciated, with a brief excerpt from each one that caught my eye.  If you have any favorites you’d...
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Shabbat HaGadol 5771 — the how’s and why’s of Passover

April 15, 2011
Shabbat HaGadol 5771 — the how’s and why’s of Passover

This week we celebrate “Shabbat HaGadol,” the big or great Sabbath. Which is kind of a weird name if you think about it. What is it that makes this Shabbat especially big or great? Maybe it’s because this is the last Shabbat we have challah before Passover. Which is a great thing. By comparison,...
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Acharei Mot 5771

April 13, 2011

“And the Lord spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they came near the Lord, and died;”  …Leviticus 16:1 Well, that’s a cheerful way to start this week’s Torah reading.  God is about to give Moses instructions to give Aaron, but it starts with a reminder of the...
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Metzora 5771 — See for yourself

April 5, 2011
Metzora 5771 — See for yourself

  “And the priest shall go out of the camp; and the priest shall look…”   …Leviticus 14:3 If you want to have a deep appreciation for a complex situation, you have to go out and see for yourself.   In this week’s Torah reading, the priest is told to get off his rear...
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Tazria 5771 — Rabbis for Human Rights

April 1, 2011

This is a d’var Torah I gave at Rabbis for Human Rights annual meeting yesterday. At the beginning of this week’s Torah portion we have a simple commandment: וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי יִמּוֹל בְּשַֹר עָרְלָתו “On the eighth day you shall circumcise his flesh.” The commandment to circumcise our sons is more than an aesthetic preference....
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