Torah Portion Shmini: Prominence and Responsibility

Torah Portion Shmini: Prominence and Responsibility

Torah Portion Shmini: Prominence and Responsibility After the tragic deaths of Nadav and Avihu: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy, And gain glory before all the people Leviticus 10:3 This week we read about Nadav and Avihu; two sons of Aaron tragically killed during a moment of professional carelessness and irresponsibility. The...

The Magnificent Humbling Aspect of Passover

The Magnificent Humbling Aspect of Passover

From the time I was a teenager, I led my family’s Seder. My relatives were no different from most: Let’s move on so we can eat. Were I a super idealist, I would argue that my relatives were not disinterested; they were just ashamed to admit how little they understood about the Haggadah. I would

Shabbat Hagadol and our Passover Pledge

Shabbat Hagadol and our Passover Pledge Introductory Note: The following is my annual Passover message which will be broadcast on Public Access TV of Great Neck. Because many of you are out of PATV range, I wanted to share the message in this column. My broadcast will air throughout the Passover holiday. This Shabbat we

Vayikra

Vayikra

Welcome to the spring which has not yet arrived… With this Shabbat we begin the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus), the third Book of the Torah. The initial chapters of Vayikra detail the various sacrifices central to Jewish ritual in antiquity. During our upcoming Seder, we will place a shank bone on the Seder plate; symbolic

Shabbat HaChodesh and Watching

Shabbat HaChodesh and Watching

Shabbat HaChodesh and Watching Watch #1 Your lamb shall be without blemish…You shall keep watch (mishmeret) over it until the fourteenh day of this month… Exodus 12: 5,6 Watch #2 That was for God a night of vigil (layl shmurim)to bring them out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 12: 42 Watch #3 that same

Shabbat Parah:  Mystery and Hope

Shabbat Parah: Mystery and Hope

This week, college basketball aficionados celebrate the annual festival known as March Madness; the tournament which ultimately crowns the top college basketball team in the U.S. March Madness began yesterday and today; with the first round of sixty four teams eligible and eager to advance to the next round. For the uninitiated: The teams...