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ACHREI MOS 4/7/2014 10:49 AM

The three main vices that tempt leadership are misuse of power, greed and sexual licentiousness. We here in Israel are unfortunately well aware of all of these vices. We know how they have affected our political leaders and even important national decisions. The Torah, here in our weekly parsha reading, addresses both directly and indirectly these dangers and vices. The two sons of Aaron...

METZORA 3/31/2014 02:01 PM

The Talmud derives from this week’s Torah reading the basic halachic principle of chazaka – the presumption that what was before is now as well. The Talmud inferred this from the fact that the kohein/priest, when declaring a house to be impure because of plague or pure because the plague had not spread along its walls, did so only upon leaving the house and standing outside of its premises....

TAZRIA 3/24/2014 11:00 AM

One of the primary commandments in Judaism is to marry and have children. In the Garden of Eden we find Adam and Chava blessed by God and told to procreate and fill the world with people. For the Jewish people, having children has become a demographic necessity. Even though it is nearly seventy-five years since World II and the resultant Holocaust, the Jewish people has not as of yet made good on...

SHMINI 3/17/2014 12:18 PM

The Torah itself records the reaction of Moshe to the tragic deaths of the sons of Aharon. Moshe tells his grieving brother that the Lord had informed him, “that I will sanctify My name through those who are nearest to Me.” Therefore even though the harsh judgment against Aharon – the dramatic and unexpected deaths of his two elder sons, Nadav and Avihu – dominates the mood of the...

שמיני 3/16/2014 03:57 PM

התורה עצמה מספרת לנו על התגובה של משה למותם הטרגי של בניו של אהרון. משה מספר לאחיו המתאבל שהקב"ה הודיע לו "בקרוביי אקדש", שמו של הקב"ה יתקדש באמצעות אלה שקרובים לו ביותר. לכן, על אף שהגזירה הקשה על אהרון - מותם הדרמטי...

TZAV 3/10/2014 01:06 PM

A great deal of the words in this week’s holy parsha are devoted to instructing Aharon and his children in the duties and Temple ritual of the priestly family of Israel. We are also witness to the installation ceremony of Aharon and his children into their holy and exalted status. The Talmud debates the question whether Aharon and his family are to be seen as God's representatives to the...

VAYIKRA 3/3/2014 01:33 PM

Though this parsha, like much of the rest of the book of Vayikra, is replete with difficult detail regarding very esoteric, spiritual and even mystical topics of Temple service and animal sacrifices, there is a basic and important message that the Torah wishes to communicate to us amidst this welter of detail. And, I feel that this message is the recognition that sin is a constant part of human...

ויקרא 3/2/2014 12:13 PM

על אף שהפרשה הזאת, כמו רוב ספר ויקרא, מלאה בפרטים קשים של נושאים אזוטריים, רוחניים ואפילו מיסטיים שנוגעים לעבודת המקדש ולעבודת הקורבנות, יש מסר בסיסי וחשוב שהתורה מבקשת להעביר לנו בתוך כל מבול הפרטים הזה, ואני סבור שהמסר...

PEKUDEI 2/24/2014 01:19 PM

One of the many new but somehow always temporary buzzwords that are so beloved in our current society is “transparency.” In our current world's lexicon this word has substituted for what earlier in my life our teachers used to call “accountability.” No matter, the idea is the same; namely, that when it comes to public funds and positions one is held to be responsible to the nth degree...

פקודי 2/24/2014 01:15 PM

אחת המילים האופנתיות החדשות, שמשום-מה הן גם תמיד זמניות, שאוהבים להשמיע בחברה שלנו היום היא "שקיפות". בלקסיקון של עולמנו היום המילה הזאת היא תחליף למה שבשלב מוקדם בחיי המורים שלי נהגו לכנות "מתן דין וחשבון". הכוונה בשני...