I think it’s hard to start with any topic other than last week’s election.
Rivkah writing at Bat Aliyah tells us that it took only ten minutes to cast her ballot.
Earlier this week Lisa and I had the privilege of attending sheva berachot for newly weds David and Tova.
I volunteered to say a davar Torah. I’m sharing the part of it that ties in with Parashat Beshalach.
Today it happened.
The city cleanup crew arrived to take away the debris from the recent snow storm.
Ten days ago Israel was in the middle of a major winter storm.
There was lots of rain.
So much that reports of the Kinneret raising double digits in one day became old hat.
I just produced a video based on my previous post. For those who prefer the more visual and audio experience, here it is.
Earlier in the week I asked a number of questions to stimulate thinking about the difficult topic of animal sacrifices (offerings) in the Temple.
In this post I will focus on four questions:
As we read last week, at the end of Sefer Shemot, Moshe set up the Mishkan and the glory of God filled it.
Here at the beginning of Sefer Vayikra, God calls to Moshe and tells him which sacrifices the Jewish people will be offering.
I must mention that my teacher, Rabbi Mendel Farber, often told me that we should not refer to the animal offerings as sacrifices. To sacrifice something can imply that it is lost and now without value. He contends that whatever we give to God is never lost and never loses its value.