The Israelites are now ready to move. There are many people there and it is necessary to plan its defense and therefore a headcount commences. Counted are “every male, head by head from twenty years old and upward, whoever is able to go out to war in Israel, you and Aa...

Once again we find ourselves reading two portions of the Torah on the same Shabbat. The reading of these two portions also concludes our reading of the book of Leviticus; next week we shall be reading from the book which is one before last, the book of Numbers. We are...

It is since Passover that we are concerned about counting the days of the Omer. “You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete sabbaths. You shall count...

This week, just like in the last week, we read two portions of the Torah rather than just one. This week’s Haftarah seems most suitable to start with during these coronavirus times. The words for the prophet Amos echo from the distances of times, “‘Behold, days are com...

On this Shabbat we read two portions of the Torah, both of which go into much details regarding cases that require cleansing. There are different reasons for the need to cleanse, and different ways to cleanse. There is cleansing of a person, and there are rules for the...

Imagine a place that was full of life, happiness and action and which is now still. Silence settled from one end to the other over a place that was lively, happiness replaced by gloominess, the action by fear. Everything that remains are but a remanence of what has exi...

Next Wednesday evening we shall celebrate an unusual Seder Night, one that even the eldest of the elders may not remember one quite like it. I have no doubt that each and every one of us has memories from a Seder that was celebrated under difficult or demanding circums...

On this Shabbat we begin the reading from the book of Leviticus, the third of the five books of the Torah. The reading for and foremost deals with the process of the offerings, how they are done and for what. We at the Reform Movement do not pray for the return of thes...

This week we complete the reading of the book of Exodus as we read two sections of the Torah combined. On this Shabbat that we were asked to keep a social distance, we are conducting our ritual gatherings in cyberspace. It is a space that allows the creation of communi...

“The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘You shall also make a laver of bronze, with its base of bronze, for washing; and you shall put it between the tent of meeting and the altar, and you shall put water in it. Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet from...

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