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Shabbat Shalom: Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Leviticus 16

The Day of Atonement is, indeed, the holiest day of the year. The most important element of the holiday, however, is the atonement connected with it. “You shall be clean before the Lord from all your sins.” And again at the end of the section: “And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” (verse 34)

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Pikudei Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

Twice, Scripture tells us that the glory of God has filled the Tabernacle, which, in essence is what the Tabernacle was for. When God first instructed Moses on this issue, He said: “And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst” (Exodus 25:8). Clearly, in having His glory fill the Tabernacle, He is dwelling among His people.

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Pikudei Exodus 38:21 – 40:38

Pikudei Exodus 38:21 – 40:38 God understands our need to feel His presence among us. And, like Moses who is reluctant to enter the Tabernacle, when we hesitate, God beckons to us.                                                                                                                                   The closing chapters of the Book of Exodus complete the section that deals with the construction of the Tabernacle.  The last verses […]

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Kedoshim Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27

Kedoshim Leviticus 19:1 – 20:27 Through acts of compassion and charity we can indeed become holy and worthy of the description, ‘A kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ You shall be holy for I the Lord your God am holy. (Leviticus 19:2) Throughout Leviticus, God commands Moses to teach the Children of Israel, or to […]

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Tazria (Conceived Seed) Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59

When seen from this perspective, the rules of purity and impurity contained in this portion enable us to deepen our understanding of the overwhelming power of life and the overarching value that the Bible ascribes to it. Life is from God. Life is pure.

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MEZORA LEVITICUS 14:1 – 15:33

Mezora Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33 As men and women created in God’s image, we are commanded to love our neighbor as ourselves and to treat everyone with respect. This shall be the law of the leprous person for the day of his cleansing. He shall be brought to the priest. (Leviticus 14:2) So begins a […]

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Trumah (Offering) – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

This week’s Torah portion is the first of four Torah portions that discuss the building of the Tabernacle and the vessels within. The details are amazing – the exact dimensions of the building and of each vessel, the materials used for both inner and outer parts, the shapes, the designs and the exact purpose of each item.

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