Tazria-Metzora - Weekly Torah Portion

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 cleansing of a garment and of a house. When a person is suspected of suffering from leprosy, according to the bible, that person needs to head to the priest to be inspected and the priest determines what it is that this person may be suffering from. If it is determined that this is a case of leprosy then “He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling sh

Chol HaMoed Pesach - Weekly Torah Portion

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 existed, and which will seemingly never again return. It is almost certain that from this imaginary place you cannot see any way out. This is also what the prophet Ezekiel describes in the Haftarah for the Shabbat of Passover. “The hand of the Lord was upon me, and He brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of the valley; and it was full of bones. He caused me to pass among them round about, and beho

Tzav - Weekly Torah Portion

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 circumstances. I certainly remember that Seder Night at my sister’s place which I led while my dear mother-in-law, Nava Shashoua, was fighting for her life in a hospital nearby. I got the notice that she has passed away and decided to continue with the Seder, one of the toughest decisions ever for me. I am sure that now the few Holocaust survivors amongst us have their own sad Seder stories to share with us. And there were other diffi

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