Parashat Shemini – Puzzle


The outline of this week’s parasha bothers me. Here’s the basic structure of the parasha following the breaks in the Torah text:

Vayikra 9:1 – 10:7

For the first time Aharon and his sons perform the priestly service.

In a burst of enthusiasm Nadav and Avihu bring “strange fire” and are killed.


The Value of a Person

Stack of coins

Parashat Bechukotai 5772

This week we conclude Sefer Vayikra.

Strangely, the beginning of the last chapter doesn’t seem to be related to the rest of the sefer.

Here are the relevant verses that I looked at earlier this week (Judaica Press translation):


The Value of a Soul

coins for valuing

Parashat Bechukotai 5772

This week’s parasha starts with the tochachah / admonition of the Jewish people.

Then the Torah discusses various vows and contributions that a person can make.

Both of these topics are difficult and sensitive.


Money and Words

Parashat Behar 5772

We’ve all heard the little ditty:

Sticks and stones may break my bones,

But words will never hurt me.

You were probably told this by a well-meaning adult after some bully harassed you.

Let’s see if the Torah agrees with the ditty.


Working for a Living

working for a living

Parashat Emor 5772

I’m using a different format this week because I want to discuss a practical topic.

Also, there is a special opportunity available for just a few days this week that I want to let you know about.

If you want to skip everything and go straight to the special offer, you’ll find it at the end of this post. 🙂


What is Tumah and Why You Should Care

water for a mikvah

Parashat Tazria – Metzora 5772

Here are the questions that I have been struggling with this week.

1. What is tumah?

2. Without the Beit HaMikdash, is tumah important?

3. In some circumstances it is the role of a kohen to determine if a person or object is tamei. At other times, no kohen is involved. Why the difference?