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Emor 5769

by Tyler Dratch May 9, 2009/15 Iyar, 5769 This week we continue in the book of Vayikra with Parsha Emor. The parsha talks about the Kohanim, descendents of Aaron, and the restrictions they have. The parsha also explains when certain holidays fall during the year. The first...

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Emor 5770

by Charlene Thrope In this week's parasha, Emor, is a detailed outline of the Jewish calendar. God instructs Moses, "And from the day on which you bring the sheaf of elevation offering — the day after the sabbath — you shall count off seven...

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Aharey Mot 5762

by Adam Balachin A look into the Parsha will let you see that Jews in the desert threw goats off of cliffs. Now you're probably all snickering, and saying, "What's this guy talking about? That's too messy to be real!" Well here it is, USYers, straight...

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Aharey Mot 5763

by Jennifer Krueger Shalom USY. Acharei Mot is an interesting Parsha filled with many mitzvot. First we learn of laws regarding confession and Yom Kippur and then there is the prohibition against eating blood. The parsha ends with the laws of forbidden relationships....

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Aharey Mot 5769

by Bekah Hakimian May 2nd, 2009/8 Iyar 5769 This Shabbat we read another combined parsha, Parashat Achrei Mot-Kedoshim. We begin with Achrei Mot, which means “After death,” which is referring to Nadav and Abihu’s death, who are the sons of Aaron. God tells Moshe to...

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Metzora 5763

by Alison Silverman In this week's Parsha we are delved into the topic of the mysterious tzara'at, an apparent skin disease that was both a sign of ritual impurity as well as a sign that coule be helpful at the same time. The common...

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Tazria 5762

by Kenny Gold This week's portion, Tazria/Metzorah is a double Parashah that begins with the laws and the effects of childbirth. Even though the miracle of life is wonderful and we are fulfilling God's request of being fruitful and multiplying, the Torah suggests that childbirth makes...

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Tazria 5763

by Sylvie Grossbard with Avra Heller Falling right in the middle of Torat HaKohanim (the book of Vayikra), Tazria and its partner, Metzora, deal with the responsibilities of the kohanim pertaining to impurity in people due to disease and bodily emission. Tazria begins...

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Tazria 5769

by Judah Kerbel April 25, 2009/1 Iyar 5769 This Shabbat, we read a combined parasha, Parashat Tazria-Metzora, of which the main focus is a skin disease called tzara’at. While the disease has often been identified as leprosy, scholars believe that tzara’at is actually a different disease. If a...

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Tazria 5770

by Alex Krule This week, we read the double portion Tazria-Metzora. These parshiot are linked in a very clear way; they both thoroughly and completely deal with matters of spiritual impurity and how the Kohanim are to deal to the various impurities brought upon the people...

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