Monthly Archives: March 2015

Passover, Elijah, and Shabbat HaGadol

Shabbat HaGadol This week is Shabbat HaGadol, the Great Shabbat that occurs at the beginning of the week in which Passover will be observed (Passover begins Monday evening). There are five special shabbatot leading up to Passover. Each special Shabbat … Continue reading

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Humility and the Calling of HaShem

Parashat Vayikra The very first word in the book of Leviticus is Vayikra – “He called”: … וַיִּקְרָא אֶל-מֹשֶׁה 1 And HaShem called unto Moshe Interestingly, the last letter of this word – the alef – is always written in a Torah … Continue reading

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Holy Cow!

Shabbat Parah This week is a special Shabbat, called Shabbat Parah. It is named after the special supplemental reading, called the maftir, from Numbers 19 that describes the process for sacrificing the Red Heifer. This portion is always read before the beginning … Continue reading

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