The Setting of a New Day

The Setting of a New Day

The first Mishnah asks: “From when do we read the Shema at night? From the time that the Kohanim enter to eat their Terumah.” [Brachos 1:1] This is a very complicated answer to a very straightforward question. The Shema is a basic Jewish ritual, required...
Holiness has but One Address

Holiness has but One Address

Our new schedule of online classes is off to a very strong start — you will find over a dozen live classes every day from Sunday-Thursday, from 8:30 in the morning through 10:25 at night (EDT)! Whether you have no local resources or are near a community with many...
Learning Through the Plague

Learning Through the Plague

If you don’t have time to read this right now, please note that we are starting a new schedule of online classes now offered by rabbis in virtual classrooms as a result of the current quarantine. Please access the schedule, still under construction, and find a...
A Voluntary Offering, and a Second Chance

A Voluntary Offering, and a Second Chance

This week’s reading, the first chapters of Vayikra (Leviticus), discusses various types of voluntary offerings that a person could bring in the Holy Temple — whether from oxen, sheep, doves, or flour. While fulfilling obligations always came first, a person had...
A Separated Shabbos, Together

A Separated Shabbos, Together

In this week’s reading, Moshe gathers the people together — and talks to them about Shabbos. “For 6 days you will do your labor, and the seventh will be holy for you, a Sabbath of Sabbaths to G-d… And you will not pass a fire through all your...