Saint and Sinner Naso continues describing the roles of Levite clans. Later in Bamidbar, these assigned roles will be significant because Korach will justify his revolt because he questions the […]
How am I counted? What is my measure? Who am I?
Bamidbar 1:1 … the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, saying: […]
Leviticus 25:35 If your brother becomes impoverished and his means falter with you, you shall strengthen him – proselyte or resident – so that he can live with you.
Emor continues with exploring the nature of holiness. We learn about additional conditions on the behavior of priests, special rules involving sacrifices, the holy days of the year, and the […]
The goal of Mussar is holiness – Kedoshim is a critical text from a Mussar perspective. While Mussar shares and borrows techniques with non-religious self-help, it seeks a Jewish religious […]
In the rabbinic tradition, the text of Tazria-Metzora presents a cascade of punishments for sins related to our treatment of others: haughtiness, selfish manipulation, slander, and lashon hara, among others. […]
We’ve watched the priests perform the sacrifices and care for the altar. We’ve reached the entranceway to the inner sanctuary, and perhaps think we are ready to enter deeper into […]
The Mussar teachers draw three major lessons from Parshat Tzav:Character traits can be for the good or for the bad. What matters is how we use them. And for […]
The Book of Exodus completes with a description of the building of the Mishkan. Just before Moses leads the Israelites in its construction, he reminds them that the Sabbath comes […]
Leviticus is a guide through the rituals and rules of the priests serving in the Mishkan, taking us ultimately to the truths found in the holy of holies. As we […]