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...
All in the Family

All in the Family

Celebrating Purim, the rabbis tell us, entails four things: hearing the reading of the Megillah (the Scroll of Esther), having a festive meal, giving gifts to the poor, and sending food packages to friends. Those are the four commandments of the day. The first two...
Colors of Joy

Colors of Joy

The new Jewish month of Adar began yesterday, ushering in the joyous holidays of Purim and Passover. In this spirit the Sages of the Talmud have said “When Adar arrives, we increase in happiness.” We don’t think of happiness, true happiness, as...
Let It Go Through You

Let It Go Through You

In this week’s reading, Moshe and the Jewish nation gathered at the foot of Mount Sinai to receive the Torah. Judaism teaches us that along with the Written Torah printed in every Bible, God also taught Moshe the Oral Law, giving much more detail about the...
Keep Singing

Keep Singing

“I sing to G-d, for He is exalted…” (Exodus 15:1) After Moshe (Moses) and the Jewish People saw the great miracle of the splitting of the sea, their salvation from the oncoming chariots of Pharaoh and the Egyptian army, and the total destruction of...