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Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59) What Are We Afraid Of–2

Tazria comes to us at a most relevant moment. The context of the passage, as many know, deals a lot with the diagnosis and treatment of a skin disease. The priest makes a judgment of unclean [Read more…]

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D'vrei Torah

Shemini (Exodus 9:1-11:47) Draw Near To The Sacred Soul of Community

Our portion this week presents us with many challenges and interesting events. The Aaronide Priesthood is firmly established in chapter 9 and immediately in 10 we have the haunting story of Aaron’s sons. Nadab and [Read more…]

Seekers of Meaning-JSA Podcast

Seekers of Meaning 3/18/2022: Catherine Fischer of

On this week’s episode of the Seekers of Meaning TV Show and Podcast, Catherine Fischer,  the creator of Sacred Practice: Reimagining Synagogue Engagement, discusses her work for the past two decades to strengthen relationships between [Read more…]

D'vrei Torah

Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-8:36) Our Offerings of Thanksgiving

We read this week in Leviticus 7:11 the directions for the offering of well-being  (zevach sh’leimim) that a person is too make an offering of thanksgiving (zevach ha’todah). Look please at this linkage between sh’leimim [Read more…]

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Purim: There Are Many Hamans Now

There are many faces of Haman.  Too many, in fact! We celebrate this holiday in merriment, yet, even as the M’gillah is read and carnivals are held, there is something tragic about this year’s celebration. [Read more…]