Parsha

Parsha

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…

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…

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; Moshe Rabbenu Putting Himself on the Line

This week`s parsha, Titsaveh, opens with the words, “V`Atoh titsaveh..,”–”And you shall command…” The words “and you” are puzzling. Who is “you”, and why is “you” not identified? You, of course, is a reference to Moshe Rabbenu, and for the…

Parshas Mishpatim – The Stuff of Unity

There are families whose hold on Judaism and Jewish tradition is so tentative that the word “holy” is thought to be a reference to Jewish food, something having to do with bagels and lox. Yet, that same family will stubbornly…

Parshas Mishpatim – How to Relate to Your Fellow Man

The parashah opens with a most unusual expression, “V`eileh hamishpatim asher tasim lifneihem–And these are the commandments that you shall place before them.” (Exodus 21:1) Normally, the Torah instructs Moses with the words, “speak”, “command”, or “teach”–so why is Moses…