Tagged ‘Shemini’

Shemini 5778

April 12, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

What is Holy? A D’var Torah for Shemini Cantor Sandy Horowitz ’14 In response to gun violence incidents, the press often seeks to provide information about the shooter in an attempt to determine motive. Was he a Muslim terrorist or a … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 20, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah begins with Moses’s instructions to Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel: On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel. He said to Aaron: “Take … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini–Shabbat Parah

March 31, 2016 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Shabbat Parah — Holy cow!! This Shabbat is one of the four specially designated Shabbatot leading up to Passover. They are all exemplified by a special Torah reading that gets added to the reading for the particular Shabbat, and they … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 15, 2015 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Hazzan Marcia Lane I’m a ‘mostly vegetarian.’ I started years ago because of stories on NPR about feed lots. Cattle raised in feed lots stay in one place, standing in their own excrement. They are fed corn – which is … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 4, 2013 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

By Rabba Kaya Stern-Kaufman Parashat Shemini begins with the ‘grand opening’ of the Tabernacle. Aaron and his sons have been properly garbed and consecrated for their task of serving as priests. Aaron offers the very first sacrifices upon the altar, and … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 19, 2012 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Untimely Death and the “Pesikta D’Rav Kahana” By Rabbi Paul Bender Parashat Shemini and its normally coupled Haftarah (II Samuel 6:1-7:17) both contain stories of the unnatural and instantaneous death by God’s hand, of apparently well meaning and respected characters, … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 8, 2010 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

By Steve Altarescu I once attended a meditation workshop at a Jewish retreat led by Rabbi Miles Krassen. He introduced a long meditation through which one could experience God’s presence as being within us and surrounding us and ultimately the … Continue reading »



March 26, 2008 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

By Sanford Olshansky Many traditional Jews believe that the entire Torah was revealed by God to Moses on Mt. Sinai. Accordingly, they have no problem with the existence of mitzvot (commandments) that appear to have no practical purpose. In fact, … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemini

April 12, 2007 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

Parashat Shemini Heidi Hoover In recent years, soy has become popular among American vegetarians and others trying to eat a more healthy diet. It is a great source of protein without the fat and cholesterol of meat. The presence of … Continue reading »



May 4, 2006 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

By Joan Lenowitz The completion and certification of Seven World Trade Center, the building that stands in the place of the tower that was destroyed on 9/11, signals a new era in energy and environmental design. The building achieves preeminence … Continue reading »