Vayikra

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 »

 

Parashat Kedoshim – 5779

May 9, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Parashat Kedoshim By Rabbi Isaac Mann This week’s sidra begins with the Divine command directed to the Children of Israel to be holy (kedoshim tih’yu) “for I the Lord your God am holy” (Lev. 19:2). In … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Acharei Mot – 5779

May 1, 2019 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Yom Kippur Asks “Answers” – Not Just “Afflictions” A D’var Torah for Parashat Acharei Mot By Rabbi David Markus This week’s parashah (Acharei Mot) brings Torah’s first mention of Yom Kippur (#sorry), so each year this parashah starts me thinking … Continue reading »

 

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 »