Tazria Metsora - weekly Torah portion

This Shabbat we read two portions of the Torah together, we read about a variety of issues dealing with personal cleanliness and purification. Personal cleanliness and purification from various diseases, ailments and sins is a corner stone of the process of building the Israelites into a People. In principle it is meant to ensure that there will be no outbreak of contagious diseases under non-satisfactory hygiene conditions. Here we learn what needs to be done to secure better hygiene, what is the proper treatment to ensure individual and public health. This will ensure proper conditions not only while dwelling in the desert, moving from one place to another, but also when reaching the Promi

Shemini - weekly Torah portion

In most cases God speaks to Moses and then Moses either speaks to Aaron or directly to the Israelites. Only in some cases we read about a direct address to Aaron, and so is the case in the reading of this week’s portion of the Torah. “The Lord then spoke to Aaron, saying, ‘Do not drink wine or strong drink, neither you nor your sons with you, when you come into the tent of meeting, so that you will not die—it is a perpetual statute throughout your generations— and so as to make a distinction between the holy and the profane, and between the unclean and the clean, and so as to teach the sons of Israel all the statutes which the Lord has spoken to them through Moses.’” That is, when entering t

Chol HaMo-eid Pesach - weekly Torah portion

On Passover’s Shabbat we read from the Haftarah the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones of Ezekiel. In his vision he sees a “…valley; and it was full of bones… and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley”. When asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” he avoids answering the question directly, “O Lord God, You know.” He is then requested, “Prophesy over these bones” and say to them “O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones, Behold, I will cause breath to enter you that you may come to life.” The result, according to the prophet, “and the breath came into them, and they came to life and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.” Eze

Tzav - weekly Torah portion

As an engineer by profession, the thought of lack of advance planning of things that may fail or happen is quite a concern. At times failure to do so may result in some kind of an inconvenience, higher costs, a project that continues with no end in sight, or God forbid fatal accidents. In many cases taking the time to preplan and considering possible failures can prevent such issues by providing practical and effective solutions. In this week’s portion of the Torah we learn that so that it will be possible to provide burnt sacrifices Moses is commanded that “Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.” Once the altar has fire on it will continue forever with no

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