Sidrahs

Emor

By Sally Berkovic, May 5, 2011

God's busy social calendar is outlined in this week's parashah: Shabbat, festivals and the counting of the Omer – His attendance is required at every moment. However, nestled among these holy days is a commandment that demands human intervention, to leave aside a corner of the field for the poor.

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Kedoshim

By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, April 28, 2011

The commandment to be holy was spoken to the entire nation.This was unusual in that most commandments were communicated directly to Moses, who would then transmit the teachings to the people.

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Shabbat chol hamo'ed pesach

By Rabbi Miriam Berger, April 21, 2011

This reminder, shared with us on Shabbat Chol Hamo'ed Pesach, ensures that the end of Pesach is marked as a sacred occasion. It is especially timely when we consider the huge build-up normally associated with Pesach.

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Acharei mot

By Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, April 14, 2011

This Shabbat is conventionally called Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Shabbat. The question is often posed what is unique about this Shabbat to deserve such a title, bearing in mind that i is the regular uniform Shabbat service.

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Metzora

By Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, April 7, 2011

The recalcitrant "plague" - be it damp or dry rot - that afflicts the hapless householder in Parashat Metzora always reminds me of Mercutio's damning condemnation of Montague and Capulet alike, "A plague o' both your houses" in Romeo and Juliet; the association, though in its original context a malediction, nevertheless opens up many positive homiletical pathways in two parashiyot which are otherw

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Tazria

By Sally Berkovic, March 31, 2011

The moon has inspired poetry, art and popular music: think Frank Sinatra, Van Morrison and Pink Floyd. This Shabbat an additional paragraph - Exodus 12:1-20  - will be read and we will be told hachodesh hazeh lachem, "this month will be to you".

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Shemini

By Rabbi Benjamin Rickman, March 24, 2011

It is not easy to remain true to one's traditions. Society today is happy to condone or even promote imitation products, which affects the way we see the world. Even in our spiritual lives, we may be tempted from authentic practice, instead looking to experiment with different techniques and stimulants.

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Tzav

By Rabbi Miriam Berger, March 16, 2011

Parashat Tzav continues to explore the themes of sacrifice, describing in detail how the burnt offering, meal offering, guilt offering and peace offering were to be carried out. Since the destruction of the Temple, our prayers and liturgy have come to replace sacrifice. Even the structure of our prayers, such as the place of Musaph, seeks to mimic the Temple's sacrificial rituals.

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Vayikra

By Rabbi Pinchas Hackenbroch, March 10, 2011

Rashi notes that the Torah uses the word adam for person rather than the more frequent ish; he explains that just as Adam did not serve God with anything acquired dishonestly, because nothing in the world belonged to anyone else, so must a person who brings an offering make certain that the offering was honestly acquired.

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Pekudei

By Rabbi Dr Charles Middleburgh, March 3, 2011

The verse above is the first of four describing the precious and semi-precious stones on the High Priest's breastplate, which represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

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