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Category: Sefer Vayikra

The “Tentacles” of Sefer Shemot in Vayikra, Bamidbar, and Devarim

by Rabbi Menachem Leibtag
Posted on October 21, 2016

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives

by Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Posted on September 23, 2016

Making Meaning of the Ashes in Our Lives Parshat Tzav   “This is the Torah of the sacrifice… let the priest where his cloth clothes…and lift the ashes that the fire creates… and place them near the altar.” (Leviticus 6:2-3). When we think of sacrifices and gifts to others, we think of important things: objects of beauty and value, gestures that sacrifice our time and money but show our love and concern for others. …

What Exactly is Our Responsibility to Immigrants?

by Rabbi Haggai Resnikoff
Posted on September 12, 2016

It seems clear from biblical sources that all resident aliens, whether legal or illegal, still receive the protections afforded to the גר. However, it is equally clear that גרים, whether legal or illegal, are considered second class citizens and not entitled to all of the protections of full citizens.…

Sacrifices Celebrate Our Love of God

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 25, 2016

Parshat Tzav continues the theme of the sacrificial service. There are many suggestions as to the reasoning behind this enigmatic, yet important element of our tradition. Ramban understands the Mishkan (tabernacle) as a kind of portable Mt. Sinai. Mt. Sinai was a physical mountain through which the Jewish people were able to feel God’s presence more powerfully.…

Explaining the Laws of Family Purity

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 25, 2016

Why is there a time of physical separation between husband and wife every month – a law found in this week’s Torah portion? (Leviticus 15) To be sure, a mandate ought be observed no matter – but is there a rationale?…

The Lessons of Holiness Even In Death

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 25, 2016

From a literal perspective, the names of portions are nothing more than the first major word of the part of the Torah that is read during the week. It can, however, be argued that deep meaning actually lies within the names themselves.…

Our Mission to Turn Passive Fate into Active Destiny

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

Why were Nadav and Avihu, two of Ahron’s (Aaron) sons killed? The Torah states their death came when they brought an eish zarah, a foreign fire into the Temple. (Leviticus 10:1) But what was the nature of this fire? Some maintain that because the prohibition against drinking is found in the sentences that follow their death, (Leviticus 10:9) the fire alludes to the possibility that Ahron’s sons served in the sanctuary while intoxicated.…

The Meaning of the Word Kadosh

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

How does one attain the status of kedusha (holiness), commanded in parshat Kedoshim? (Leviticus 19:2) Some maintain that the pathway to holiness is to separate from the real world. Suppressing the body is the only way the soul can soar. Rav Yosef Dov Soloveitchik points out that this is the predominant approach of most faith communities.…

No Human Can Give All Answers at the Moments of Deepest Despair

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

This week’s Torah portion presents many rules pertaining to the Kohen (Jewish priest). Among these laws is the prohibition against any contact with the dead. Except for his closest family members, the Kohen cannot touch a dead corpse, be present at burial or even be in the same room as a dead body.…

Staying Close Infuses Life

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

In this parshat Behar’s prophetic portion, Jeremiah prophesied about the destruction of the First Temple. God commands Jeremiah to leave Jerusalem and travel to Anatot to buy a field from his cousin Chananel (Jeremiah 32). It can be suggested that when God told Jeremiah the Temple was doomed, Jeremiah clung on to the city.…

Why Do the Good Suffer?

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

Parshat Bechukotai clearly states that good people are rewarded while evil people are punished. In the words of the Torah: “If you keep my commandments…then I will give your rains in their season…but if you will not listen to Me…I will bring terror over you” (Leviticus Chapter 26).…

A Hairsbreadth Can Be The Whole Difference

by Rabbi Avi Weiss
Posted on May 21, 2016

In parshat Vayikra, the Torah tells us that Aharon (Aaron) the High Priest, cast lots upon two goats, “one lot for the Lord, and the other lot for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8). Rashi explains the procedure as follows: “One goat he (Aharon) placed on his right hand, the other on his left.…