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Book of Leviticus

Adam, Eve and the Serpent

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 11.21.2013 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The story of Adam, Eve, and the serpent in the garden of Eden is found in chapters 2 and 3 of Genesis, the first book in the Bible. Whether you inter...

Big-Pig Hypocrisy?

Wayne Anderson | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Wayne Anderson

So the book of Leviticus has often been used to justify denying equality to LGBT Americans, but it can be completely ignored when an anti-gay congregation wants to attend a barbecue? Is that biblical cherry picking, or does it just reek of a big-pig hypocrisy?

Reclaiming The Beard On Behalf Of Christianity

Craig Considine | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Craig Considine

There's nothing wrong with being a Christian and growing a beard. We must continue to work on transcending stereotypes by learning more about our own traditions.

Shmita: The Purpose Of Sinai

Rabbi David Seidenberg | Posted 07.02.2013 | Religion
Rabbi David Seidenberg

The whole purpose of the covenant at Sinai is to create a society that observed the sabbatical year. It is in a land where Shmita is observed that human beings will learn to respect the Earth herself, by remembering that none of us can own her.

Love The Stranger As Yourself

Ron Kronish | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Ron Kronish

We must love our fellow Jews as brothers and sisters in a historic, unique collective family, and we must treat the non-Jew with the same dignity that we would wish and envision for ourselves. This is the real meaning of what it means to be "holy" in the "Holy Land" today.

While Your Neighbor Bleeds

Rabbi Doug Sagal | Posted 06.18.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Doug Sagal

In a stunning show of craven political calculation, the Senate has voted to not consider legislation that would expand background checks for firearm purchases. How ironic that in the synagogues this week we read the portion of Leviticus that contains these words: "Do not stand idly by the blood of your fellow."

'He Shall Dwell In Isolation': Jonathan Pollard, Espionage And The International Jewish Community

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 06.09.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

The Israeli government and the international Jewish community should not be spending its precious time, energy and resources rallying for Pollard's release. Let him serve his sentence and then rejoin the community.

Aaron's Sons, Ben Azzai And Marriage Equality

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 06.02.2013 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Last week, as the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding marriage equality for same-sex couples, I returned to the Torah portion Shemini, with its cryptic report of the tragic fate of two sons of Aaron, Nadav and Avihu.

On The Meaning Of Sacrifice

Rabbi Doug Sagal | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Doug Sagal

It is ironic that we begin the description of the sacrificial offerings made in the ancient Tabernacle precisely as we mark the 10th anniversary of the Iraq War. The fact that the sacrifices were made by so few, and that the war was so incidental to the lives of so many others, was immoral indeed.

Cleaning Out The Leaven On Passover -- In Body And Spirit

Rabbi Lawrence Troster | Posted 05.24.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Lawrence Troster

The cleaning out of our homes should also be a cleansing of our spirits, a renewal to the meaning of our Exodus experience and the new Creation that is spring.

Leviticus As A Guide To Intimacy

Shoshana Friedman | Posted 05.19.2013 | Religion
Shoshana Friedman

In an age when maintaining long-term healthy relationships with partners and spouses seem long odds, at best, we might benefit by reading the sacrificial system of Leviticus as an ancient instruction manual on maintaining intimate human relationships.

PHOTOS: Sukkahs Around The World

Posted 10.04.2012 | Religion

For the eight days and seven nights of Sukkot, Jews traditionally eat and sleep in a sukkah, a temporary dwelling with a thatched roof, from which the...

An Open Letter To Piers Morgan

Dr. Joel Hoffman | Posted 08.05.2012 | Religion
Dr. Joel Hoffman

I believe you have been promoting bigotry and helping to perpetrate a fraud. During both of your interviews with Pastor Joel Osteen, you let the religious leader tell your audience that Scripture calls homosexuality a sin. But you didn't ask him where the Bible says that.

Parshat Emor: Bring Your First Fruits

Josh Fleet | Posted 07.11.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

You should be willing to die rather than transgress these commandments in the presence of other Children of Israel. God is God, who sanctifies you and brings you out of Egypt. God is God.

An 'Eye For An Eye' And The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: It's Not What You Think

Rabbi Melissa Weintraub | Posted 07.08.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Melissa Weintraub

Sadly, many of us here in America reproduce this conflict's us-and-them ethos from 7,000 miles away, and so have thrown ourselves in on the side of escalation rather than resolution.

Parshat Tazria-Metzora: Physical Affliction, Spiritual Remedy

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

If a person is found to have real tzara'at, his clothes should be torn, his hair should be grown and he should act otherwise like a mourner. He should cry out: "I am ritually impure! I am ritually impure!" Over and over.

Leviticus 12-15: Whom Do We Send Outside the Camp? Israel Past and Future

Rabbi Arthur Green | Posted 01.04.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Green

Leviticus essentially creates a primitive quarantine system. The idea is that the "camp" of Israel -- the tribes still wandering in the wilderness after leaving Egypt -- is to be kept pure.

Parshat Shemini: A Strange Fire

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

The eight day. Moses calls for Aaron and his sons and the elders of Israel. "Take a young bull as a sin-offering," he says to Aaron, "to atone for the Golden Calf."

Parshat Vayikra: Bringing The Divine Close

Josh Fleet | Posted 06.08.2012 | Religion
Josh Fleet

God calls affectionately to Moses, the humble leader, from within the Tent of Meeting, saying: "Speak to the Children of Israel. Tell them when someone voluntarily brings an offering to God, it should a domesticated animal from the cattle and flocks."

No Bull: A Rabbinic Teaching For Contemporary American Life

Rabbi Or Rose | Posted 05.20.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Or Rose

From ritual sacrifice, rabbinic sages established a new form of worship -- verbal prayer -- which enabled individuals and communities to regularly express their gratitude, joy, sorrow and regret without the use of bulls, altars or priests.

Living Leviticus: Who Could Do It? Who Would Want To?

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cathleen Falsani

When viewed through the lens of modernity, Leviticus seems to be an arcane, strange and wholly irrelevant book. It's no wonder, then, that many pastor choose to ignore Leviticus altogether.