This is the Second installment of our weekly series of talks about the weekly Torah portion.
Our Special guest today is Rabba Sara Hurwitz, a member of the Rabbinical staff at the Hebrew institute of Riverdale and the Dean of Yeshivat Maharat, the first institution to train Orthodox women as spiritual leaders and halakhic authorities. Hurwitz, who was ordained by Rabbis Avi Weiss and Daniel Sperber, is generally considered to be the world's 'first official female Orthodox Rabbi' and has been a leading figure in modern Orthodoxy in America in the past few years.
This week's Torah Portion – Parashat Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23) – begins with a set of purity regulations for priests. It then continues to list the main high holidays and to tell the story of a blasphemer who is stoned to death by the community, a story which is the focus of our discussion.
To see last week's discussion about Parashat Kedoshim (With Rabbi Rick Jacobs) click here.