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  • A Broken Heart can be the Highest Place

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    April 1, 2016 | 12:38 pm

    Moses said to Aaron: Come near to the Altar and perform the service... Parsahat Shemini, Vayikra 9:7
    "Why are you ashamed", said Moshe, "it is for this that you have been chosen!" — Rashi

    The Midrash tells us that Aaron was ashamed to approach the Altar for he saw the image of...

  • Torah portion: Learning from mistakes

    March 30, 2016 | 10:50 am

    I lost my car keys last week. That’s the third set of keys I’ve lost this year. My wife is looking into a GPS tracker to help keep me better tethered. 

    I wish I could report that I was surprised to have done something like this. Again. On the contrary, with a 1-year-old at home,...

  • Four rabbis on Parashat Shemini

    April 17, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    In this Torah portion, God commands Aaron and his sons to make the burnt and sin offerings at the Tabernacle. When God accepts the offerings, the people shout with joy. But when two of Aaron’s sons make an offering that was not commanded of them, they die. God describes to Moses...

  • Rabbi Sarah Bassin on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:24 pm

    If you have spent any amount of time with a 3-year-old, you know this age comes coupled with a barrage of “why” questions: Why do you stop at red lights? Why do you put milk in your coffee?  Why do birds chirp?  

    These questions can be exhausting for parents, but they represent...

  • Rabbi Jonathan Hanish on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:21 pm

    We are all human, so we all stumble at some point in our lives. If and when our stumble is discovered, we pay the price for our actions through repentance and transformation, and then, hopefully, we move forward and leave the past behind.  But, on occasion, our actions come back to...

  • Rabbi Chaim Mentz on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:17 pm

    In the early years of American Jewish history, there was a debate about whether American life was different from the shtetl life of Europe. Many embraced the idea of assimilation and secularization, yet others held strong and kept their traditional religious practices in this...

  • Rabbi Edward Feinstein on Parashat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1 11:47)

    April 17, 2015 | 1:16 pm

    Americans have an infatuation with leaders. The English philosopher Thomas Carlyle believed that history is propelled by “the great man” (Carlyle’s phrase), whose values and energy animate our institutions. For Americans, “leadership” is a sacred word. 

    The success or failure of...

  • Torah portion: Becoming a distinguished people

    March 19, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    “You shall be holy, for I am holy”

    — Leviticus 11:45

    I always find that Parashat Shemini inspires young people to ask questions. “Why did Aaron’s sons have to die?” “Why can’t I have a drink and get a little tipsy if it will help me enjoy services more?” And, of course, the...

  • What It Takes to Be a Jewish Leader

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    April 15, 2009 | 1:16 am

    Charlton Heston (alav haShalom) made a great Moses; on screen, he seemed perfect — tall, handsome, gravelly voice, and not even Anne Baxter could seduce him.

    Thankfully, the biblical Moses was not as monochromatic as the theatrical Moses. Despite his near perfection as a human...