Parsha Thought – Shemeni

Parsha Shemeni, begins with the eighth day in the inauguration of the Mishkan. Today Aaron will be finally assuming his role as the Kohen HaGadol, the High Priest, a much anticipated moment for the Israelites. But as the ceremonies continue, it seems that everything begins to fall apart. Not only do Aaron’s two eldest sons die by venturing beyond the acceptable spiritual boundaries and offering “strange fire,” he and his remaining sons are told that they have to “keep it together” for lack of a better term, and do their jobs.

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Parsha Thought – Vayikra

HaShem spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Children of Israel, saying: ‘When a person will sin unintentionally from among all the commandments of HaShem that may not be done, and he commits one of them.’” Leviticus 4:1, The Chumash The book of Leviticus begins with Moses calling the people…

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Parsha Thought – Tetzaveh

Tetzaveh ends with a command to make an additional altar, this time one from gold. Unlike the bronze altar described in last week’s portion, this altar is only for the burning of incense by the priesthood. The two altars, upon a closer examination, have very different roles and purposes. “You…

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Parsha Thought – Mishpatim

This week we begin Parsha Mishpatim. Mishpatim is full of what most people would refer to as “Civil Law.” A quick glance shows that any number of topics are covered in this section, but they all seem to emphasize how to treat another individual. Most people is Western society would…

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Parsha Thought – Bo

How often are we faced with a choice? Just in one single day the choices are likely too numerous to count. Upon being jarred out of a peaceful sleep we fumble for the snooze and use those few extra minutes to gather ourselves before we start our morning routine. Do we give glory to Him for giving us another day or do we ignore Him entirely, making our life about us?

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