We speak, therefore we are human. In order to preserve our humanity we must take hold of our tongues and speak only things worthy of the name G-d gave to the man He created – Adam. The spiritual palliative prescribed by Torah provides for the metzora a way to get back to the Adam we are meant to be.
Metzora (Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33)
Parashat Metzora is read on Shabbat:
Nisan 8, 5776/April 16, 2016
Language is G-d’s gift to man, enabling man to communicate both practical information and the loftiest of sentiments. But the misinterpretation of language can lead to a misunderstanding of Torah principles and the hijacking of language for the purpose of harming others is a problem so severe that G-d Himself sees to it that man is held accountable.
Tazria (Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59)
Parashat Tazria is read on Shabbat: Rosh Chodesh Nisan, 5776/April 9, 2016
When “the glory of HaShem appeared to” Israel “and all the people saw, sang praises, and fell upon their faces,” they sang in one perfectly pitched, harmonious voice. How do we recreate that moment? How do we stay in tune with G-d, with our own true selves, day after day? Parashat Shemini gives us the answer!
Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 – 11:47)
Parashat Shemini is read on Shabbat: II Adar 23, 5776/April 2, 2016
Confusion reigns in our modern world, and every aspect of modern society seems to feed on this confusion, fanning the flames of man’s existential disconnect with his own true self. The Holy Temple, and more specifically, the offering of animals on the stone altar in the Holy Temple, is designed to banish man’s confusion by compelling him to focus on who he is and to Whom he is answerable. Are we just a link on the food chain, or is our G-d given soul that which determines who we can be?
Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36)
Parashat Tzav is read on Shabbat:
2 Adar 16, 5776/March 26, 2016
Welcome to a world where actions speak louder than words; where a man becomes a man while drawing closer to G-d. A world so foreign to our modern sensibilities and perceptions, we need to listen with extra intent to what the book of Leviticus has to teach us.
Vayikra (Leviticus 1:1-5:26)
Parashat Vayikra is read on Shabbat:
Adar II 9, 5776/March 19, 2016
Welcoming G-d into our neighborhood and making this world a better place – this is the simple yet profound reason Israel has been commanded to build for G-d a Sanctuary on this earth. Israel is a nation whose destiny is to live and act in G-d consciousness, thereby uplifting man and perfecting G-d’s creation.
Pekudei (Exodus 38:21-40:38)
Parashat Pekudei is read on Shabbat: Adar II 2, 5776/March 12, 2016
The exquisite detail of the building of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) as described in parashat Vayakhel is a testimony to the end of time of the pure, generous and giving heart of Israel, all of whom united in the purpose and privilege of making a place for G-d on our earth, a Sanctuary, so that He may dwell among us.
Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1 – 38:20)
Parashat Vayakhel is read on Shabbat:
Adar I 25, 5776/March 5, 2016