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NASSO 5781

Sunday, May 16, 2021

The Torah reading of this week continues with the count of the different families within the tribe of Levi. We are aware that this tribe has been chosen for public service in the Temple and, generally, on behalf of the Jewish people. They do not own land, and their financial support is based upon the tithe that the Jewish people contributed from their produce. The Levites serve at special functions in the Temple service and are worthy guardians who maintain the physical aspects of the Temple, as well as the talented artists who provided song and melody during the Temple services. The Torah guaranteed that there would be a special cadre within the general Jewish public that would be...

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Post –Shavuot

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Of all the holidays of the Jewish calendar year, Shavuot is the shortest – celebrated only for one day. Many times, this holiday somehow leaves people feeling unfulfilled by what they had hoped to be a spiritual and joyful experience. The reasons for this are numerous – all night learning sessions which engender a day of sleep, lack of any specific commandment associated with the holiday in our time, and other sundry factors that all contribute to this certain feeling of unease and non-fulfillment. Nevertheless, this holiday is one of the three major holidays of the Jewish calendar, and commemorates the basis for Judaism and Jewish life, the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai to the...

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