Parashiyot Acharei Mot/Kedoshim

Saturday 28 April 2018 Day 28 of Omer 13 Iyyar 5778 Parashiyot Acharei Mot/Kedoshim by Torahbytes Leviticus 16:1-20:27; Haftarah: Ezekiel 22:1-19; Matthew 15:10-20; What 'Holiness' Looks Like What does a holy person look like? Do you picture a priest or a nun? Maybe a preacher? Perhaps you imagine a Chassidic Jew with a full beard, side locks and black hat. Leviticus 19-20 contains the Bible's description of what holiness looks like. The passage begins with the words, "Speak to all the congregation of the sons of Israel and say to them, 'You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy'" (Leviti

Parashiyot Tazria/Metzora

Tazria - Leviticus 12:1-13:59; 2 kings 4:42-5:19; Matthew 8:1-4 Metzora - Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 kings 7:3-20; Matthew 23:16-24:2 Just about everyone would like to make the world a better place. However, we are often stuck on the question, "What can I do?" One thing we can all do -- be more careful with how we speak. A wrong word can end a marriage, a friendship, a relationship. The Torah is very strong and direct in guiding us. The Torah uses the term Lashon Hara ("evil tongue") when admonishing us regarding derogatory speech. The Torah has three classifications of Lashon Hara. The first, classical Lashon Hara -- what one says is true, but defamatory. The second, Motzie Shem Ra,

Parashat Shemini

Leviticus 9:1-11:47, 2 Samuel 6:1-7:17, Acts 5:1-11 Aaron's sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. (Vayikra/Leviticus 10:1-2) There are two insights into human tragedy that I would like to share from this grim incident. The first is straightforward; the second not so much. The first is that God isn't someone to be handled lightly. Dealing with him is serious business and fooling around with his way of doing things can cost you your life. Many people avoid this aspect of God's cha

Shabbat Chol HaMoed - Pesach

7 April 2018 7th Day of the Omer 22 Nissan 5778 Exo 33:12 – 34:26; Deut 10:11 – 11:19; Num 28:19 - 28:25; Eze 37: 1- 14 The Festival of Passover consists of 3 separate festivals that are cumulatively called Pesach: • Chag HaPesach - 14 -15 Nissan i.e. 1 day only • Chag HaMatzot, - 15 Nissan onwards for 7 days • Bikkurim (First Fruits) – the day after the Sabbath. Now, the 1st and last days are considered to be a set-apart as the 7th day Shabbat. These are the 14th day of Nissan (Chag HaPesach) and the 21st day of Nissan. The days beginning with the 15th day and concluding on the 20th day of Nissan are known as

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