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Vayikra 5761

by Joshua Rabin The third book of the Torah, Vayikra, opens with a simple yet powerful line; "And God called to Moshe...

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Vayikra 5762

by Jacob Levine-Berkowitz Parashat Vayekra is the first parasha in the book of Leviticus (the third book of the bible). This parasha along with a majority of the book of Vayekra deals with laws for the Jewish people specifically sacrifices. In the time...

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Vayikra 5763

by Aron Cohen, 2003 USY Rel/Ed VP, 5763 Perhaps the most conspicuous absence of God in the entire Bible is the lack of God's name in the Megillah. Such an absence must not be an accident, but rather an important lesson for all...

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Vayikra 5764

by Rachel Weislow, SWUSY, 5764 We are being watched. Everything that we do daily is seen by G-d. It is only human to be imperfect, and that is why were are taught how to correct our mistakes made in front of G-d and perhaps...

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Vayikra 5769

by Bekah Hakimian March 28, 2009/3 Nisan 5769 This week’s parsha, Vaykira, is the first reading in the book of Leviticus. Vayikra means “and he called,” and this refers to God’s call to Moshe. This is the most appropriate name, for in this book are laws,...

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Vayikra 5770

by Alex Hamilton This week’s Torah portion, Vayikra, is about sacrifices and asking forgiveness by making sacrifices. Today we see that you pay up to $125 for a sheep. Back then it cost more to buy a sheep, like $15,000. So theses sacrifices...

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Vayikra 5771

by Josh Seed This Shabbat we begin reading the book of Vayikra, the third book of the Chumash. Interestingly, Vayikra also carries a second name of Torat Kohanim – the Laws of the Priests. This is undoubtedly because of the book’s focus on sacrifices as...

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Pekudei 5758

by Jenny R. Labendz Towards the middle of Parshat P’kudei, we come to an extraordinary point in the history of B’nei Yisrael: the completion of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. The verse states "Thus was finished all the work of the Tabernacle of the tent of meeting;...

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Pekudei 5760

by Mike Knopf In parashat Pekudei (Shemot 38:21-40:38), the three-parasha long construction of the Mishkan is completed, and the text says "The cloud [of God] covered the Ohel Moed [Mishkan], and the glory of the Lord filled the Mishkan. And Moses was not...

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Pekudei 5763

by Josh Nason In Parshat Pekudei, the Israelites finally complete this project of building the Mishkan. The Israelites have donated gold, silver, and copper for this Dwelling Place. The Levites are placed in charge of building all the parts of the...

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