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“Holiness: A Definition” Commentary on Parshat Acharei Mot – Kedoshim

He never returned phone calls. He certainly never returned e-mails. He rarely smiled. He had very sophisticated tastes in wine and fine liquor. A...

How to Become Holy

"Speak to the Children of Israel and say to them: You shall be holy for I, Hashem your G-d, am holy” (Vayikra 19:2). Rashi...

It’s Difficult to Suppress the Human Psyche

Thoughts on Parshat Acharei Mos The Torah section in Achrei Mos dealing with the laws of the Yom Kippur Service in the Bais Hamikdash...

Turtle Doves Do Not Have “Second Marriages” – Appreciation for Loyalty

The beginning of Parshas Tazria deals with the laws of purity and impurity associated with childbirth. At the end of the 40 day period...

Chametz She’avar Alav HaPesach

Aside from the prohibition against consuming or having pleasure from Chametz on Pesach, the Torah prohibits us from even owning the Chametz during this...

Tzaraas: Spot Checks

The Mitzvah The appearance of tzaraas, a leprous spot upon man’s skin necessitated a check by the kohen who would determine whether this rendered...

Parsha Insights – Shemini

This week we read the parsha of Shemini. “Va’y’hee ba’yome ha’shmini {And it was on the eighth day}, Moshe summoned Aharon and his sons...

The Key To Understanding the Significance of the Omer

The Torah says that on the 16th of Nissan, on the second day of Pesach, the Jewish people were obligated to bring an Omer...

First Public Seder in Five Centuries on Island of Madeira

This week, on an isolated island tucked away deep in the Atlantic Ocean, some 600 miles from the European continent and 300 miles away...

Sea the Miracle – Thoughts on the Seventh Day of Pesach

On the Seventh Day of Pesach we celebrate the crossing of our people through the Sea Of Reeds on the dry path that G-d...

Break Free!

The Shem MiShmuel, a Chassidic Rebbe and scholar, offers a beautiful insight into an apparent contradiction in the Haggadah. The Haggadah says, “Had the...

Pesach: The Obligation of Profound Appreciation

So even if we were all sages, all wise, all learned in Torah, it would still be a Mitzvah for us to tell about...

Commentary on Parshat Tzav

The world did not know that he was a mystic. He was an accomplished diplomat, who knew how to deal with people in positions...

Next Year In Jerusalem – If: The Symbolism of the “Two Dippings”

Every Passover Seder begins with a plea: “This year we are here; next year (may we be) in the Land of Israel. This year...

Parshat Vayikra: “Forgiving Fallibility”

"I was wrong. I am sorry. Please forgive me.” These are rare words indeed, but I heard them pronounced clearly by a woman I...

Parsha Insights on Vayikra

This week we begin the Sefer {Book} of Vayikra by reading parshas Vayikra. “Vayikra el Moshe {And He called to Moshe} vayedabair Hashem {and...

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