Vayikra

Parashat Metzorah 5779

April 12, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Metzorah By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) A few years ago I passed the age at which my mother died. Doing so changed my perspective on my own life. I still want to think of my continuing good … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tazria

April 4, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Tazria By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Much of the text of Parashat Tazria is about skin disease. These verses, from Leviticus 13:1-46, lay out in remarkable detail numerous variations of skin-related afflictions and how these are … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shemini

March 29, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

The Center of the Torah A D’var Torah for Parashat Shemini By Rabbi Len Levin “The Masoret (textual tradition) is a safeguarding fence around the Torah.” (Avot 3:13) What is the core of the Torah? At several places in this … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tzav

March 22, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Tzav By Rabbi Isaac Mann The prohibition in the Torah against the consumption of blood, which is expressed in this week’s parashah (see Lev. 7:26-27), is generally seen in the context of the laws of … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayikra 5779

March 14, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Controlling the High Price of Judaism (and Guilt) A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayikra By Rabbi David Markus The Jewish value of tzedakah underscores that to “be Jewish” is partly to “do Jewish,” and to “do Jewish” means to support others. That’s one … Continue reading »

 

Bahar-BeHukkotai 5778

May 11, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Bahar-BeHukkotai  by Rabbi Bruce Alpert ’11 We are surrounded by layers of reality. . .   There are swarms of ghosts, spirits, phantoms, souls, angels and devils. . .   The smallest pebble has a life of its … Continue reading »

 

Aharei Mot/Kedoshim 5778

April 26, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Torah, sexuality and #MeToo A D’var Toroh for Aharei Mot/Kedoshim by Rabbi Irwin Huberman ’10 Within Judaism, there exists a debate regarding the reading of some explicit sexual material on the afternoon of Yom Kippur. Orthodox Judaism encourages us to … Continue reading »

 

Shemini 5778

April 12, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

What is Holy? A D’var Torah for Shemini Cantor Sandy Horowitz ’14 In response to gun violence incidents, the press often seeks to provide information about the shooter in an attempt to determine motive. Was he a Muslim terrorist or a … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tzav, 5778

March 22, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Tzav by Rabbi Heidi Hoover ’11 This week’s Torah portion, Tzav, continues detailed discussion of the sacrifices, though this week’s text is addressed to the priests and focuses on their duties, while last week’s text was … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayikra 5778

March 15, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayikra Rabbi Bruce Alpert, ’11 Egg yolks, oil, water, flour, sugar and yeast.  For nearly twenty years I have been adding these ingredients to my bread machine on Friday morning.  When I return home in … Continue reading »