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    Parashat Beha'alotcha

    What are our lives like after Revelation at Sinai? Two weeks ago, we stood at the mountain. We heard the sound of God’s voice in cacophony, synesthesia, and thunderous silence. It’s been two weeks since Shavuot, and the Israelites are running away from Sinai, as Avivah Zornberg says, like kids relea...

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    28.05.21 11:18 AM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Naso


    Parshat Naso contains the priestly blessing, which Aaron and his sons are instructed to bestow upon Am Yisrael.

    יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ יְהֹוָ֖ה וְיִשְׁמְרֶֽךָ׃
    יָאֵ֨ר יְהֹוָ֧ה ׀ פָּנָ֛יו אֵלֶ֖יךָ וִֽיחֻנֶּֽךָּ׃
    יִשָּׂ֨א יְהֹוָ֤ה ׀ פָּנָיו֙ אֵלֶ֔יךָ וְיָשֵׂ֥ם לְךָ֖ שָׁלֽוֹם׃
    May God bless you ...
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    23.05.21 01:15 PM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Emor

    When describing the thanksgiving offering, the zevakh todah, the verse in parashat Emor specifies:
    יּ֤וֹם הַהוּא֙ יֵֽאָכֵ֔ל לֹֽא־תוֹתִ֥ירוּ מִמֶּ֖נּוּ עַד־בֹּ֑קֶר
    “It shall be eaten on that day; do not leave it over until morning” (Vayikra 22.30).

    Just like the manna, the miraculous...
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    30.04.21 11:45 AM - Comment(s)
    Parashat Acharei-Kedoshim

    After Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s sons, died from their mystical enthusiasm, the instructions for divine service become even more meticulous: in parasha Acharei Mot, the frame of Avodah is carefully set within strictly defined boundaries in space and time “so that he would not die” (Vayikra 16.1).

    This...

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    23.04.21 07:49 AM - Comment(s)