At the end of this week’s portion of the Torah, Emor, we are confronted with an interesting story that appears after a variety of commandments. And so the story goes, “Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; a...

Once again we find ourselves reading two portions of the Torah on the same Shabbat, this time we are reading from “Acherei Mot” and from “Kedoshim”. Reading them immediately after Memorial Day and Independence Day highlights the content of these readings, maybe sheddin...

Keeping the body, cloth, household items or the house clean and pure, and ways of doing so, is the crux of the teachings of the two portions of the Torah we read this week. When some suspicious impurity is found it is brought to the priest for examination, or the pries...

Kashrut is certainly a tough cookie. In the last chapter of Shmini, the portion we read on this Shabbat, we recite, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘These are the creatures which you may eat”. It is followed by very detailed descriptions on how to determine what...

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