Parshas Behar-Bechukosai: The Making of a Jew

This week we have a double parsha: Behar and B’Chukosai. With those two parshiot we conclude the Book of Leviticus and proclaim “Chazak Chazak–Be strong and of good courage” for it is through the steadfast study and observance of Torah that we are infused with...

Parshat Behar – The Laws of Shmittah and Yovel

When Moshe descended from Har Sinai with the Luchot he had to interrupt the teaching of the Torah he received, because of the Israel’s sin with the Eigel. Then, after their teshuva, it was necessary to teach the laws of…

By:  Rabbi Meir Tamari

Parshas Emor–Spiritual Elevation Through Mitzvot

In the opening verse of our parsha, G-d instructs Moshe, “Say to the Kohanim…” (Leviticus, 21:1), and puzzlingly, in that very same verse, G-d once again repeats the command, “Say to them…” Since there is no redundancy in the Torah,…

By:  Rabbi Osher Jungreis

Parshas Tazria Metzorah – Gold in Them Thar Walls

This week, in reading both Tazria and Metzorah, we combine portions that deal with the physio-spiritual plague of tzora’as. Tzora’as is a discoloration that appears in varying forms on human skin, on hair, clothing, and even on the walls of…

By:  Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky

Shabbat HaGadol as Independence Day

I remember well when the age at which one could vote or drink was 21. From my perspective when I was a child, and frankly eager to do these things, it seemed to be an injustice to set the age…

By:  Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb

Parshas Vayikra – We Are All Connected

This week, we begin the third book of the Five Books of Moses, The Book of Leviticus. While the Book of Exodus focused on our redemption from Egypt, and concludes with the construction of the Tabernacle, the Book of Leviticus…

By:  Rabbi Osher Jungreis

Parshas Vayakhel-Pekudei – It All Depends On Us

It is written in this week’s parsha, “Every man whose heart inspired him came….for the work of the Tent of Meeting” (Exodus 35:21). The building of the Mishkan–Tabernacle, required great craftsmanship. Every aspect of it was delicate and intricate, and…

By:  Rabbi Osher Jungreis

Parshas Ki Sisa–“The Masked Man”

As a person who likes to see the connections between the Jewish calendar of holiday celebrations and the weekly Torah reading, I have long been perplexed by the proximity of Purim to this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa (Exodus 30:11-34:35)….


Parshas Ki Sisa – Making a Difference in the World

Sometimes we wonder whether we puny individuals can make an impact on world events, whether we can make a real difference in G-d`s universe. Most of us would give a negative response to such questions. Parshas Ki Tisa however, comes…


Parshas Tetzaveh–“Clothes Make the Man”

My interest in the relationship between a person and his or her clothing goes back to my early days in graduate school. I was taking a course on human personality, under the tutelage of a remarkably insightful and erudite woman,…

By:  Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb