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  • Sacrifices Address Emotion of Guilt

    April 1, 2009 | 11:12 pm

    The theme of Parshat Tzav is korbanot, the animal sacrifices brought in the Tabernacle and, later, in the Temple.

    The Rambam, in his “Guide For the Perplexed,” writes, “The purpose of sacrifices being incorporated into the Divine service of the Jewish people was to accommodate...

  • Sacrifices and a Sliding Scale

    By Rabbi Daniel Greyber

    March 25, 2009 | 3:59 am

    My wife met a pastor’s wife on a plane. Every few months now, we have Darren, an evangelical pastor, and his wife, Amy, over to our Shabbat lunch table.

    I talk about how our Shabbat sometimes feels too regulated, and he talks about how their Sabbath sometimes lacks enough...

  • Work of Your Hands

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    March 18, 2009 | 2:34 am

    When every last acacia-wood board had been fashioned, every last curtain woven and every single vessel of gold or copper produced, Moshe stood in awe of the people’s accomplishment. “And Moshe saw all the work, and, behold, they had done it! As the Lord had commanded, even so had...

  • Wisdom of the Ages

    By Rabbi Lisa Edwards

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Ten years ago, when my parents, z"l, were 82 and 89, they traveled from Chicago to Los Angeles to be with my partner Tracy and me as we stood together under the chuppah. At the celebration of her daughter's lesbian wedding, my mother was heard to say quite matter-of-factly: "I guess...

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  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The Ugly Bug Ball

    In Parshat Shemini, we learn which animals are kosher. A young friend of mine asked: Why did God create both kosher and non-kosher animals? The sages of the Talmud ask the same question. They said there is something we can learn from every animal – kosher or...

  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    November 11, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    In Parshat Toldot, Jacob and Esau are born. Even though they are twins, they are opposites: Jacob is the quiet, studious type, while Esau is a hunter who loves to be out in the world. The world used to think of Jews as being just quiet and studious, but when Israel became a state the...

  • Rebels and Leaders

    By Rabbi Allen I. Freehling

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    One of my favorite Torah portions is the one that we will read this Shabbat. It reveals to us myriad recognizable human traits while transmitting to us some vital lessons.

    From this story, we see that some characteristics are bad while others are good; and, along the way, we observe...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    July 3, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Parshat Korah

    Korah picks a fight with Moses and says, "I'm a Levite, too. I deserve to be given as much honor as you." When a group of Israelites decide to take Korach's side, they are swallowed up by the earth.

    Have you ever decided to take sides when two of your friends fought?...

  • Give a Little Bit

    By Abby Gilad

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Last week, I watched as Adam, a preschooler at Temple Akiba in Culver City, handed a beanbag to Melissa. She was crying because she didn't have one. He had two. In Parshat Naso (Numbers 4:21-7:89), we are told that we must give one-tenth of our yearly income to the Levites. Can you...

  • Wonderful

    By Abby Gilad

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    This is what happens in this week's parsha. In Parshat Pekuday, Moses gives the Israelites an accounting of how much gold, silver and copper was contributed to build the mishkan (the Tabernacle that held the Ten Commandments). This helps the Israelites to truly own the mishkan -- it...

  • Kids Page

    By Abby Gilad

    January 10, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    A Portion of Parshat Va'yera

    This week, Moses begins the job of freeing the Israelites in earnest. He has already approached Pharoah and asked for the release of his people, but Pharaoh does not listen. He approaches Pharaoh again and warns him about the plagues, but Pharaoh...

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