December 17, 2018 |

Vayikra

Vayikra - How do you size up?!

This week begins the 3rd book of the Torah, Sefer Vayikra. Vayikra translates as, 'and He called', refering to God's calling to Moses. Thus the theme of 'divine calling' stands out as a central teaching of this book, and of a spiritual life in general. The idea of calling rubs up against our deepest...

It's No Sacrifice

One of the amazing things about being part of a Jewish community is that - most of the time -- it motivates us to be our best. All of us -- individually -- want to be good people and Jews. But our individual efforts are not enough. We need others to motivate us and challenge us, to hold us to a...

My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Vayikra (2)

Pity the rabbis who - Pesach aside - have to write sermons in the coming weeks. Parshah Va-Yikra, the start of the third book of the Torah, spends much time on sacrifices and priestly rituals, topics that don't immediately resonate for most congregants. Take chapter 4 of Leviticus which is about...

My video divrei Torah on parasha Vaykra from Youtube.com by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg

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My Weekly Drash (a mini D'var Torah) - Vayikra

In the midst of a lengthy discourse on guilt sacrifices in Parshah Vayikra is a section that begins, "In case it is a chieftain who incurs guilt..." (Lev. 4:22). Individuals have to atone for themselves. Priests have to atone for both their own personal wrongdoing and on behalf of the community. ...

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