Vayikra

Parashat Behar / Behukkotai 5780

May 15, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Lessons of the Sabbatical for a Time of Pandemic A D’var Torah for Parashat Bahar / Behukkotai By Rabbi Len Levin “Six years you may sow your field…and gather in the yield. But in the seventh year the land shall … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Emor 5780

May 8, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Emor By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (AJR ’11) A well-known midrash tells of Rabbi Yehoshua bemoaning the destruction of the Temple – “the place that atoned for Israel’s sins” – to his master, Rabbi Yohanan ben … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Aharei Mot Kedoshim

May 1, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Aharei Mot Kedoshim By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Parashat Kedoshim consists of a series of commandments which God wants Moses to convey to the Israelite people. As is God’s wont, God has a lot to say … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tazria Metzora 5780

April 24, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

The Torah and Social Distancing A D’var Torah for Parashat Tazria Metzora By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) Perhaps there has never been a better time to embrace — with open arms — a section of the Torah, which most years … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shemini 5780

April 17, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

“Silent” Tribute to the Dead of Covid-19 A D’var Torah for Parashat Shemini By Rabbi David Markus Spiritually speaking, what should we say amidst 120,000 covid-19 deaths? Surely there must be something we should say, some right response – right? If … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tzav 5780

April 3, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

An Offering of the heart A D’var Torah for Parashat Tzav By Rabbi Jill Hammer Parashat Tzav deals with the offerings that the priests and the people made in the Tabernacle for the purposes of gratitude, atonement, and daily celebration. These … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayikra 5780

March 26, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

The Teachings of Leviticus for This Present Moment A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayikra By Rabbi Len Levin This week we begin reading the book of Leviticus. The interpretation I offer here has benefited from the perspectives of the contemporary … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Behukkotai 5779

May 30, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Behukkotai By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) Reading this week’s Torah portion, I found myself as influenced by what is not in it as what is. What is not in it are the opening words “And God … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Behar – 5779

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

A D’var Torah for Parashat Behar By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) “This land is your land, this land is my land, from California to the New York island, from the redwood forests to the gulf-stream waters, this land was made … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Emor – 5779

May 16, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Kedushah: From Hierarchy to Complementarity A D’var Torah for Parashat Emor By Rabbi Len Levin “[The priests] shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God; for they offer the Lord’s offerings by fire…and so … Continue reading »