Pesach - Passover

Saturday 31 March 2018 15 Nisan 5778 Exodus 12:21-51; Joshua 3:5-7, 5:2-6:1, 6:27; John 19:31-20:1 Blood on the Doorposts Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it. (Exodus 12:7) Moses commanded the children of Israel to mark their homes with the blood of the Passover lambs. They were to dip hyssop into the blood and smear it on their doorposts. Although Passover was thereafter celebrated annually, the Israelite homes were never again smeared with blood from the Passover lambs. The smearing with blood was a one-time ritual. Every Passover thereafter, the blood of the Passover lambs was spla

Parashat Tzav

Shabbat HaGadol Lev. 6:8-8:36(6:1- in TaNaCH); Jer. 7:21-8:3, 9:22-23, Heb. 8:1-6 The LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "If anyone sins and commits a breach of faith against the LORD by deceiving his neighbor in a matter of deposit or security, or through robbery, or if he has oppressed his neighbor or has found something lost and lied about it, swearing falsely-in any of all the things that people do and sin thereby - if he has sinned and has realized his guilt and will restore what he took by robbery or what he got by oppression or the deposit that was committed to him or the lost thing that he found or anything about which he has sworn falsely, he shall restore it in full and shall add a fifth

Parashat Vayikra

Saturday 17 March 2018 Nissan 1 5778 Leviticus 1:1-6:7(5:26 in TaNaCH); Isaiah 43:21-44:23; Hebrews 10:1-18 I was on a small cruise ship with my family in Alaska this summer, when a couple whom I had come to like and admire asked me with great respect a question that Jews have been been hearing from Christians for many centuries, one that had been put to me more than once by students at Stanford: “How can Jews worship the God of the Old Testament, so full of harsh judgment and wrath, and so unlike the God of the New Testament, who calls to human beings in love?” I explained—patiently, I hope—that I, like most Jews I know, do not experience God or the Hebrew Bib

Parashat Vayakhel/Pekudai

Vayakehl: Exodus 35:1-38:20; 1 Kings 7:13-26; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11 Pekudai: 38:21-40:38; 1 Kings 7:51-8:21; 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 The Anti-Narcissist Thus says the Lord GOD: It is not for your sake, O house of Israel, that I am about to act, but for the sake of my holy name, which you have profaned among the nations to which you came. (Ezekiel 36:22) A key theme in the book of the Hebrew prophet Ezekiel (Hebrew: Y'chezkel) is the glory of God. Early in the book which takes place during the early stages of the Babylonian conquest, Ezekiel has a vision of God's glory in terms of a heavenly chariot. Eventually the prophet sees God's glory leave the Jerusalem temple, thus illustrating that Is

Parashat Ki Tisa - Kept by Shabbat

Saturday 3 March 2018 Adar 16 5778 By AMY KALMANOFSKY, ASSOCIATE VICE CHANCELLOR AND ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF BIBLE Ahad Ha’am famously said: “More than Jews have kept Shabbat, Shabbat has kept the Jews.” Pretty remarkable coming from the founder of cultural Zionism! Parashat Ki Tissa either supports or challenges Ha’am’s words. This week’s parashah relates one of the lowest moments in Israel’s story—the sin of the golden calf—in which Israel dances before a god of their own making. Coming down Mount Sinai with the stone tablets inscribed by God’s finger (Exod. 31:18), Moses sees Israel’s frenzy and smashes the tablets. Moses spends the rest of the parashah pick

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