Monthly Archives: April 2016

Thoughts on Leaven

As the Feast of Unleavened Bread comes to a close, there is something that we would do well to consider; what exactly is leaven? The typical answer is “a substance, typically yeast, that is added to dough to make it … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Acharei Mot

This coming Shabbat will see Pesach and Unleavened Bread 5776 (2016) become a thing of the past (at least in Israel). However, since the last day of Unleavened Bread is Friday, this means that though it is over, there will still … Continue reading

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Pesach 2016 – Chag Sameah v’ kasher

The LORD said to Moshe, “This day is to be a memorial for you. You are to keep it as a feast to Adonai. Throughout your generations you are to keep it as an eternal ordinance.” Whatever your custom, what ever your … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Metzora / Shabbat HaGadol

This week’s Parasha is Metzora, Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33, dealing the cleansing of tzara’a, often translated leprosy, however more aptly related to a condition of ritual impurity. I would like to call attention to just one interesting aspect of this … Continue reading

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Haftarah for Tazria & Rosh Chodesh

If the title seems a mouthful, the readings for this Shabbat are even longer. The importance of this Shabbat is found in the special maftir reading, Exodus 12:1-20, specifically verse 2; “This month will mark the beginning of months for … Continue reading

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