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Leviticus: Keeping Holiness Simple (Behar, Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

While focusing in many sections, like last week's portion of Emor, on practices and obligations of the priestly class, Leviticus addresses all Israelites as a 'nation of priests' whose relationship with holiness is nothing less than a matter of life and death.

Blessing Our Counting (Emor, Leviticus 21:1-24:23)

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Every day, from the second night of Passover to the festival of Shavuot, we literally count our days. The period is known as the Omer, originally rooted in the agricultural rhythms of ancient Israel, a time of both anxiety and anticipation.

The Case For Humility: Numbers 19:1-27:1

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 08.26.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

People of true wisdom embrace the importance of uncertainty. Is there anything in this life of which we can be absolutely certain?

Are Our Children Special? The Paradox Of Parenting: Numbers 16:1-18:32

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld

Every child, every person, is indeed special -- in fact, utterly unique. But this is not an assertion of entitlement or privilege. It is an affirmation of radical responsibility and redemptive possibility.