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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Being Holy and Doing Holy

The Shema prayer has become THE Torah mandated mantra of the Jewish people. My vote for the next best alternative comes from the second of this week’s double portion of Acharei Mot – Kedoshim in which each and every one … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parshat Emor 5776–You Don’t Need to Be a Kohen to Be Holy–Rabbi Joey Krakoff Teaches Adat Shalom’s Torah Study this Shabbat

Parshat Emor in Leviticus/Vayikra 21:1- 24:23 contains regulations for our Priestly class; their do’s and don’ts, their qualifications and disqualifications. Whenever I read Emor (or much of Leviticus), I wonder about our honoring the status of being a Kohen. What … Continue reading

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Shabbat Kedoshim 5776–Opportunities for Holiness

The essence and framework, perhaps the prime directive, of our faith is contained in this week’s Parasha as we are all commanded to be Kadosh-Holy. Leviticus 19:2. But what is holiness? Our sages have a variety of ways to understand … Continue reading

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Shabbat Acharei Mot 5776 — Shabbat Torah Study — Do You Live by Them or Do You Live by Them?

We are so proud of our faith that it values life over virtually all else. In this week’s portion, God tells us something special about all of the mitzvoth (our laws and statutes). We are supposed to “Chai bahem”—LIVE BY … Continue reading

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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5775–Shabbat Torah Study in the “D”–What Does Holiness Mean to You?

The Shema prayer has become THE Torah mandated mantra of the Jewish people. My vote for the next best alternative comes from the second of this week’s double portion of Acharei Mot – Kedoshim in which each and every one … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shabbaton, Shabbat Yom Kippur 5775–Yom Kippur Thought/Yom Kippur Prayer

I recently read that we sometimes refer to Yom Kippur as Yom HaKippurim. This is not just the Day of Atonement (singular), but a Day of Atonements (plural). What can that mean? We seek forgiveness for ourselves. We seek forgiveness … Continue reading

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Shabbat Ki Tavo 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Rabbi Rachel Shere–Being there is what matters!

Ki Tavo contains the formulaic utterance given with first fruit offerings. “My father was a wandering Aramean…” Devarim 26:5. It was supposed to be given from memory. So concerned were the Sages that a lack of education kept some from … Continue reading

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