Category Archives: Leviticus/Vayikra

A Brief Note on Actions and Consequences – Parshot Behar and Bechukotai

This week the two portions that complete Sefer VaYikra, are read: Parsha Behar and Parsha Bechukotai. They offer a simple premise: obey God’s laws and be blessed, disobey His commandments and be cursed.

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A Brief Note on Expectations – Parshot Achrei Mot and Kedoshim

This week’s Torah reading consists of two parshas: Achrei Mot and Kedoshim. These texts record the last of the laws relating to the sacrificial rite and then the focus returns to the special social and cultural weal that God expected the Israelites … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Fear and its Isolation – Parshot Tazria and Metzora

This week’s double reading is the combined Parashot of Tazria-Metzora, literally to conceive and to be afflicted with a tzara’at, a word that has no known meaning but represented some sort of foreign growth that would settle on the skin, clothes or … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on Going off the Script – Parasha Shemini

Parsha Shemini records two major narratives. The first is the story of the macabre deaths suffered by two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu; the other is a rather dry listing of which wildlife, from the land, air and sea, may and may not … Continue reading

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A Brief Note on a Virtuous Life – Parsha Kedoshim

The Torah states in Parsha Bereshit that Man was made in the image of God, imago dei. In Parsha Kedoshim Man is told how to live their lives like God, imitatio dei. The Parsha begins with a simple command: “You … Continue reading

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