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Shemini 5761

by Corey Helfand Parashat Shmini is no exception to the book of VaYikra when it comes to talking about the details of the ritual sacrifices. However, the events in Shmini change the mood of the chain of events that had happened up...

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Shemini 5762

by Brad Greenspan This parsha starts out with Aaron's sons, Nadab and Abihu, offering a sacrifice to God that isn't commanded. As a result, God punishes them by killing them with fire. There is a suspicion that Aaron's sons were drunk at the...

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Shemini 5769

by Becky Schisler April 18, 2009/24 Nisan 5769 In this week's parsha, Parashat Shemini, a very strange event occurs. The parasha begins with Aaron and his sons beginning to fulfill their roles as Kohanim. Moses instructs them in how to go about making a "sin offering"...

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Shemini 5770

by Scott Greenberg How often do you remember your half-birthday, that magical moment when you’re just as far away from the last anniversary of your birth as the next one? I know that I forget my half-birthday on a regular basis, only to...

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Tzav 5758

by Mike Kay There is a famous poem which begins, "I never saw a purple cow." Well, it’s true – I’ve never seen, heard, nor even read of a purple cow. However, the same cannot be said for a RED cow. This week’s special Maftir portion,...

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Tzav 5762

by Hadar Schwartz "I want to suck your blood." As great as the temptation is to eat the blood of an animal (yes, we all aspire to be like Dracula), the Torah specifically prohibits this practice in this week's Torah reading,...

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Tzav 5764

by Anna Hutt Can you imagine ever doing something so bad that even your family or another fellow Jew wouldn’t forgive you? Judaism is a religion that believes in second chances; is there any sin so horrible that a Jew could be cut...

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Tzav 5769

by David B. Helfand This week we read from two different sedrot. We read the weekly parasha of Parashat Tzav, the second parasha from the book of Vayikra. We also read the special maftir reading for Shabbat HaGadol, the special parasha before Pesach. Both Parashat Tzav...

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Tzav 5770

by Charlene Thrope This Shabbat is Shabbat HaGadol, the Shabbat before Pesach. Traditionally, rabbis would give only two sermons a year – one on Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah, and one on Shabbat HaGadol, this Shabbat. This week's sermon would describe all of the...

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Tzav 5771

by Max Bartell Even though I have been a student at a Jewish day school since kindergarten, I still occasionally find it difficult to relate to a particular Parsha. When I first read through Parshat Tzav, nothing really jumped out at me. However, upon...

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