This opening parsha of Sefer Vayikra serves as a logical continuation of the final parshiyot of Sefer Shmot that we read last week. After detailing the precise construction of the Mishkan the Torah now describes the service that was to take place there. To the modern-day mind, the world
Many have recently asked whether we can immerse our keilim in a river. While this might be an option for Ashkenazic Jews in an extreme circumstance, it is never an option for a Sephardic Jew. Let us explain why.
The rules of
The word “tirosh” appears 38 times in Tanach. What exactly does it mean? In order to understand it, we must understand the winemaking process. The first stage was crushing the grapes. The resulting juice included the skins, seeds and stems. These were then separated out and the juice that remained was transferred to vessels which were
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Of course, no one was there and the door was locked. But it felt good just to stand outside near the building. There is an amazing cluster of shuls here. Something for everyone. I haven’t missed being at shul for Rosh Chodesh benching or Shabbat Chazak for a very long time and I didn’t want to miss it
With federal, state and local governments restricting movement, imposing curfews, closing restaurants and banning gatherings, while updated guidelines from the federal government recommend that people avoid gatherings of over 10 people, the fate of this year’s Passover holiday resort programs appears all but certain. The closure of a
In recent weeks we have entered uncharted territory in our human experience. For many, existential staples such as school, worship and other social gatherings have been put on hold to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, which in turn has caused increased anxiety and a real sense of isolation as a result of detachment from our regular routine.
Given that we just celebrated Purim and the world is currently in turmoil due to the coronavirus outbreak and response, I think it might be worthwhile to examine if any connection can be drawn and inspiration for salvation found. After all, Purim marked the time when the Jewish world was saved from a pending national calamity and we would
COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, the pandemic—this crisis has taken over everything. It’s on our nightly news, in our conversations and now it’s in our communities. In light of this, school, events and simchas all over the country have been canceled. For some, this “break” may not be a huge burden. However, to high school seniors,
It was the spring of 1960; I was 11 years old and living in Middle Village, Queens. My parents gave me a couple of dollars and told me to go to the movies for the afternoon