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Tetzaveh – Holy Advocates

Early in this week’s parasha we are introduced to the new and exotic station given to Aaron and his sons—the role and office of the Kohanim (priests). They would become the highest religious authorities in the Torah, providing a stable…

Vayelech – Re-Righting Our Stories

  “I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can no longer be active.” (Devarim 31:1) With that surprising realization, Moses begins his final address to the children of Israel. When Moses completes this address, he will have accomplished…

The Hallmark of Equality

This week’s portion, Shelach Lecha contains some obvious themes within a familiar narrative.  Be bold! Do not fear! Trust God!  The majority is not always right!  The context of course is the twelve spies going into the land of promise…

Nasso – Bless is More

Listen to an audio version… This week’s parasha contains one of only two prescribed blessings in all of Torah, the Birkat Kohanim. This blessing is so familiar to us, it is part of the morning shacharit, and is traditionally chanted…

Noach – Lessons From Dry Ground

Parasha Noach seems sobering increasingly over the past several decades and especially this year.  September and October seem to bring new catastrophic threats and concerns to the southeast portion of the Americas and the Caribbean Islands.  This year as Hurricane…

Shabbat Shuvah – Scandalous!

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. It is also one of the least read! Even those who claim love and fidelity for the Bible, who often quote chapter and verse, rarely have read the Scriptures in entirety!…

Does God Need a Press Secretary?

It seems to me that God could use a good press secretary. You know, like C.J. on the classic TV show West Wing. Though she is a semi-fictional creation of Hollywood, C.J. is the perfect prototype of the professional spin-doctors…

Tzav – Ear, Thumbs and Toes

The book of Vayikra is often referred to as the Torat Kohanim, The  Teachings of the Priests. It contains the exact prescriptions for the kohanim to minister in the Mishkan and later in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.  Its topics…