Monthly Archive: May 2016

Emor – The Benefit of Counting

In the reading of Parshat Emor the festivals are listed, including the present period of the Omer count. We are in the midst of the fulfillment of the Mitzvah of counting the days and...

Kedoshim – Holier Than Thou

The first commandment listed in this week’s [Diaspora] reading of Kedoshim is the mandate upon the entire Jewish people to be holy. “Speak to the entire assembly of the Children of Israel and say...

Acharei Mot – The Haftarah

There are different Torah readings this week, depending on one’s location. Since the eighth and last day of Pesach was on Shabbat, and Jews in Israel observe only the Biblically mandated seven days, Israeli...

Pesach – Crossing the Sea

The seventh day of Pesach marks the great miracle of the splitting of the sea and the subsequent crossing on dry land between the walls of water. The water crashed down upon the pursuing...