Weekly Torah Portion

As a Rabbi and educator, there is a question which I get asked, in various forms, all the time. It goes like this: It's one thing to believe in the Torah, which is the word of God. It's perfect, divine, absolute. It makes sense to be loyal to it. But the Rabbis are just people, flesh and blood. They make mistakes, have biases, human weaknesses, needs, and concerns. Why should we have to listen to what they tell us to do? Why do they have to be right all the time?


Previous Torah Portions

Parshat Tazria, which begins with the laws of the ritual impurity of a woman after giving birth, and goes on to discuss the ritual impurities connected to the skin disease tsara'at, presents us with some interesting problems. The very notion of a ritual dimension to natural bodily functions, or to disease, is somewhat problematic for us today.
At the end of the Book of Exodus, Moshe and the Israelites have successfully constructed the Mishkan - the Tabernacle used in the desert - from which God will continue to speak to Moshe, as He did on Mount Sinai.
With parshat Pekudei, we complete both the Book of Exodus and the construction of the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle which seved as the Israelite's temple in the desert.

Jewish Holidays

Pesach: Pesach - Free Then, Got to be Free Now

Passover, as we all know, is, first and foremost, about memory.

Jewish Life Cycle

In parshat Bereishit 2:24 it says:"That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united with his wife, and they become one flesh".

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