Rituals and Feelings – Emor 5782

The sacral calendar in chapter 23 of the Book of Leviticus includes mention of what is subsequently called Yom Kippur. It is intended to be a day of “affliction” as well as a day of cessation from labor (Lev. 23:27-28). But what, exactly, constitutes “affliction” goes...

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Being Alone – Metzora 5782

Swedish film star Greta Garbo was widely acclaimed for her beauty and elegance. She left behind a lasting impression in such films as the 1927 Flesh and the Devil and the 1935 screen version of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel Anna Karenina. She retired from the movie...

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The Way Up – VaYikra 5782

The Book of Leviticus begins with a series of rules regarding the various kinds of sacrifices and the occasions on which they are to be offered, the first of which is the burnt offering or ‘olah, in Hebrew. In A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament, authors...

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Mystical Union – Emor 5781

The Torah commands that Israelites count seven full weeks from the day during Passover when they bring the omer wave-offering (Leviticus 23:15). Immediately thereafter, on the fiftieth day, they are to bring an offering from the newly ripened grain. The purpose of the...

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What lies behind you and what lies ahead of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

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