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RS Weekly Torah Naso

Weekly Torah Study: Naso

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrHQhN3mME4Is the modern world’s promotion of individuality, of everyone doing their own thing and “finding” themselves leading us away from G-d? While the Israelites were indeed blessed with the achievements of many unique individuals, sometimes what G-d desired was for the people to put their individuality aside and instead act in unison and conformity

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RS Parashat Beha’alotcha

Parashat Beha’alotcha

General Overview: In this week’s Torah reading, Beha’alotecha, G‑d instructs Aaron concerning the Tabernacle Menorah lighting. The Levites are initiated into the Tabernacle service. The “Second Passover” is instituted. At G‑d’s behest, Moses makes two trumpets, and is instructed how and when to use them. The Israelites leave Mount Sinai, and proceed towards the Land

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Weekly Torah Study Shavuot & the Book of Ruth

Weekly Torah Study: Shavuot & the Book of Ruth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WFnRcmu-IpA It is traditional on the holiday of Shavuot, which is coming up next week, to read the book of Ruth, the Moabite woman who became an Israelite and would become the great-grandmother of King David. Bamidbar (Numbers 1:1 – 4:20) Parashat Bamidbar is read on Shabbat: Sivan 2, 5784/June 8, 2024

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Parashat Nasso

Parashat Nasso

General Overview: This week’s reading, Naso, is the longest single portion in the Torah, containing 176 verses. The reading starts with a continuation of the Levite census and a discussion regarding their Tabernacle duties. The laws of the sotah woman and the Nazirite follow. The portion concludes with the Priestly Blessing and the offerings which

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Parashat Behar

Parashat Behar General Overview: This week’s reading, Behar, speaks about the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, laws regulating commerce and the redemption of slaves. First Aliyah: G‑d commands Moses regarding the Sh’mitah (Sabbatical) and Jubilee years. Every seventh year is a Sabbatical year, when it is forbidden to work the land (in the Land of Israel).

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Weekly Torah Study Kedoshim

Weekly Torah Study: Kedoshim

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jArcZ-3S5Lg Privacy – we all cherish it. Certainly there are things we don’t want others to see or hear or otherwise have access to. But parashat Kedoshim, with its constant inclusion of G-d’s name, “I am HaShem” attached to a wide array of commandments, reminds us that HaShem always has uninterrupted access to our deepest

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Parashat Emor

General Overview: This week’s reading, Emor, discusses the laws which pertain to Kohanim (priests), and various laws which relate to sacrifices. These are followed by a lengthy discussion of the festivals. The portion concludes with the story of a blasphemer who was put to death. First Aliyah: The aliyah discusses the Kohen’s obligation to maintain

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Acharei Mot: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Acharei Mot: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Science renders anything that doesn’t abide by its rules as superstition. Understandably, the Torah doesn’t adhere to the rules of science, but does that make it superstition or less worthy of serious consideration. Or does the Torah simply take into account rules and forces that are beyond

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Parashat Kedoshim

Parashat Kedoshim General Overview: Dozens of commandments are discussed in this week’s reading, Kedoshim. Among them: various mandatory gifts for the poor, love for every Jew, prohibition against sorcery, honesty in business dealings, and sexual morality. First Aliyah: G‑d commands the Jewish people to be holy. This section then briefly discuses several laws: revering parents;

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Passover & Time: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weeklt Torah Study

Passover & Time: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study Time. What is it? It is steady, but elusive; we know it’s there but cannot see it or touch it. We know it’s coming our way but it still manages to sneak up on us. Eating matzah on Passover, and the reason behind the tradition, confronts

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Parashat Achrei Mot

Parashat Achrei Mot General Overview: This week’s reading, Acharei, begins with a detailed description of the service of the High Priest on Yom Kippur. The Torah then discusses prohibitions against offering sacrifices outside the Temple, consuming blood, and incestuous, adulterous, or other forbidden relationships. First Aliyah: The High Priest is instructed to only enter the

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(Tazria) – “Isolated for seven days: Solitaire, anyone?”

(Tazria) – “Isolated for seven days: Solitaire, anyone?” “Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ––Carl Jung But if the bright patch on the skin is white but does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair

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Passover (Pesach): Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Passover (Pesach): Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weeklt Torah Study Israel always seems to be in the thick of it, a target for the world’s opprobrium. Even today, despite her sovereign territory being twice violated, once on October 7th, by barbaric savages from Gaza, and only this past week, by 350 heavily armed projectiles fired from Iran,

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Tazria: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sl0vFX98Y3w Unique in G-d’s creation, human beings contain within themselves inclinations toward good and also toward evil. In light of this reality the kohanim are entrusted with the responsibility of diagnosing the skin ailment known as tzar’at, an ailment which is a direct manifestation of an individual’s mastery, or not, over their inclination toward lashon

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Parashat Metzora

General Overview: This week’s reading, Metzora, discusses the purification process for one who contracts “tzara’at” (skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip), and the symptoms and laws of “house tzara’at,” indicated by certain stone discolorations. Following is a discussion of various ritual impurities, including the laws of the menstruating

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Shemini: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

Shemini: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study The heart vs the brain, emotions vs the intellect: this is a running conflict within all of us, and both sides of the conflict are made apparent in the ceremony of the dedication of the Tabernacle. Moshe expected things to go as planned, but Aharon and his four

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Parashat Tazria

Parashat Tazria General Overview: This week’s reading, Tazria, discusses various forms of tzara’at, skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip. Also discussed are certain garment discolorations which constitute “clothing tzara’at.” First Aliyah: The Jewish people are instructed regarding the ritual impurity contracted by a woman who gives birth. The timeframe

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Tzav: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpoHljGBWbw “A continuous fire shall burn upon the altar; it shall not go out.” (Deuteronomy 6:6) When the Temple was destroyed what became of the continuous fire? It entered into the souls of the Jewish nation and has been kept burning ever since. The continuous fire is the animating flame that keeps the Jewish people

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Parashat Shmini

Parashat Shmini General Overview: This week’s reading, Shemini, is a continuation of the previous week’s reading, Tzav, where we learned about the Tabernacle’s seven-day inaugural ceremony. This week’s reading opens on the eighth day, when G‑d’s presence descends upon the Tabernacle. On that day, Aaron’s sons Nadab and Avihu die when offering an uncalled-for incense

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Purim: Rabbi Gedalia Meyer’s Weekly Torah Study

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZJ4zI6kZ7Rg&list=PLPtr_UmiMgfyosMe7V5HBbbCG7KLVgSIv Haman, the villain of the scroll of Esther, read on Purim, is the world’s first recorded promulgator of antisemitism – the hatred of Jews. Jews – that is, the Israelites exiled from Judea, (henceforth Yehudim – Jews) had their own ways, their own customs. This, plus Mordechai’s refusal to bow down to the vainglorious

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Parashat Tzav

Parashat Tzav General Overview: This week’s Torah reading, Tzav, continues describing the various sacrifices offered in the Tabernacle and Temple — a topic started in last week’s reading. This is followed by an account of the seven-day inaugural of the Tabernacle. First Aliyah: The Torah describes the mandatory daily removal of ashes from the altar.

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