Vayikra - Weekly Torah Portion

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 these rituals now or in any time in the future. However, we do find it appropriate to study these laws as part of a rich Jewish heritage, to understand how it developed over many generations, and what our conclusions are therefrom. The Haftarah for this week is taken from the words of the prophet Isaiah, who picturesquely describes the human nature is the following way, “Another shapes wood, he extends a measuring line; he outlines

Vayakhel-Pekudei - Weekly Torah Portion

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 communities that enable us to close to each other while physically distant. This way we are sure to be following the Ministry of Health regulations for keeping at least the minimal social distance if not more. “Then Moses assembled all the congregation of the sons of Israel, and said to them, ‘These are the things that the Lord has commanded you to do: For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day you shall have a holy day, a

Ki Tissa - Weekly Torah Portion

“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 it; when they enter the tent of meeting, they shall wash with water, so that they will not die; or when they approach the altar to minister, by offering up in smoke a fire sacrifice to the Lord. So they shall wash their hands and their feet, so that they will not die; and it shall be a perpetual statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations.’” Keeping clean is likely to be of significance that ech

Tetzaveh - Weekly Torah Portion

In both the Haftarah and this past Shabbat's reading of the Torah, we find the discussion about the building of the Altar of Sacrifice. In the book of Exodus it is described in this manner, “you shall make an altar as a place for burning incense; you shall make it of acacia wood. Its length shall be a cubit, and its width a cubit, it shall be square, and its height shall be two cubits; its horns shall be of one piece with it. You shall overlay it with pure gold, its top and its sides all around, and its horns; and you shall make a gold molding all around for it. You shall make two gold rings for it under its molding; you shall make them on its two side walls—on opposite sides—and they shall

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