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Holiness, Justice and Reaching Out to Others

Parashat Mishpatim What can this week’s parasha, and the Torah as a whole, teach us about reaching out to others and drawing them close? Our Torah portion begins: Exodus 21:1 א  וְאֵלֶּה הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים, אֲשֶׁר תָּשִׂים לִפְנֵיהֶם. 1 These are the ordinances which … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur: Life, Death and Proper Protocol

Tonight begins Yom Kippur – the holiest day on the Jewish calendar. Traditionally, Leviticus 16, which deals with the proper protocol for the High Priest during the special Yom Kippur service, is read in the synagogue on the morning of … Continue reading

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Praying With Their Feet

Tomorrow, and really all of this weekend, we remember the inspiring legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his role in not only the civil rights movement in America, but for his contributions to humanity, and his leadership to … Continue reading

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A Taste of the World to Come

Parashat Kedoshim Parashat Kedoshim is one of my favorite portions in the Torah. It also illustrates the stark distinction between the concept of holiness as understood within the Jewish community and that within much of the western world. The concept … Continue reading

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Shavuot: A jewel worth dusting off

Apart from Orthodoxy and more traditional forms of Judaism, Shavuot is one of the least observed holidays within the wider Jewish community. For far too many Jews today, Torah is no longer at the core of our existence. Many of us have … Continue reading

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Holiness in Doing

Acharei Mot – Kedoshim This week’s double-portion seems to be a long list of do’s and don’ts. If so, why is their so much talk about holiness and being holy? What is the connection? Parashat Kedoshim is one of my favorite parashiot in … Continue reading

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Holiness of a Different Kind

Parashat Vayikra This week we begin reading the book of Leviticus. To many people, this is just a book of do’s, don’ts, and lots of boring details. However, what most people do not realize is that packed within the entire … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day

There is a divine dream which the prophets and rabbis have cherished and which fills our prayers, and permeates the acts of true piety. It is the dream of a world, rid of evil by the grace of G-d as … Continue reading

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The Temple and Perceived Paradoxes

Within the New Testament there are seemingly paradoxical statements made about the Temple in Jerusalem.  If one is not careful, one could assume that Yeshua and Paul no longer associated the Temple with G-d’s abode, and that somehow their message … Continue reading

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Justice as Holiness – Part II

The Prophets Yesterday in the first part of this three-part series I introduced the concept of justice as holiness and explored its foundation in the Torah. Today we move on to the Prophets. The biblical prophets echo a call to … Continue reading

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