Parsha Shemini After a lengthy discussion about the details of the sanctuary, we find a list of animals, fish and birds that are permitted or forbidden to be consumed as food. What is the connection of the dietary laws and the sanctuary? Rabbi Elie Munk teaches that the sanctuary was a human counterpart of the […]
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Parsha Tzav– I would like to start with a confession: For most of my life, when I have attempted to read through or study the book of Vayiqra, I have been so lost and discouraged that I have given up. Have you ever felt that way about a section of scripture? When I first heard […]
Parsha Vayiqra– There are so many things we can discuss as we enter the book of Vayiqra. I think we should start by talking about the word “vayiqra”, which comes from the root word “qara”, meaning “calling”. This word denotes a high status and is a call of love. We see another example of this […]
Parsha Pekudei Pedudei means “accounts” our “reckonings”. The Chumash explains that “these are the reckonings” suggests homiletically that the only meaningful reckoning is the account one makes of resources that are devoted to building G-d’s sanctuaries and otherwise used for the sake of Heaven. Only such investments are eternal, all others are transitory. As the […]
Parsha Vayakhel– Before we jump into this week’s sidra, I would like to share a little of my personal testimony. Please indulge me as I explain my reason for doing so. As I was reading and preparing to write this “Weekly Manna” segment, I found myself referencing many passages from Pirkei Avot (usually translated as […]
Patience is a virtue. How can we gain patience in our lives? What does HaShem say for those who are patient? Miss Nikki dives in on a subject which many of us would love to have more of…patience.