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Emor 5778 – Should Conservative Rabbis Officiate at Intermarriages?

May 19, 2018
Jewish Wedding

They shall not marry a woman defiled by harlotry, nor shall they marry one divorced from her husband. For they are holy to their God …Leviticus 21:7 He may marry only a woman who is a virgin. A widow, or a divorced woman, or one who is degraded by harlotry—such he may not marry....
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Emor 5771 — Measure for Measure

May 6, 2011
Emor 5771 — Measure for Measure

And if a man causes a blemish in his neighbor; as he has done, so shall it be done to him; Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth; as he has caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done back to him.   …Leviticus 24:19-20 An eye for an eye,...
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Emor 5767 — Counting the Days

May 10, 2007
Emor 5767 — Counting the Days

The other day I got an e-mail from my daughter Heather, who is away in college in California. She wrote “ OK, so my friend was asking how to say ‘live in the moment’ in Hebrew. I don’t know if they have a similar saying in Hebrew, but could you translate ‘live in the moment’ for...
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Emor 5766 — Intermarriage

May 17, 2006

This week’s parsha orders the Kohen, a priest, not to marry a divorced woman or a convert.  The Conservative movement’s Committee on Jewish Law and Standards decided that encouraging endogamy (in-marriage) is so important it was worth overturning a commandment in the Torah. Back in 1950 the intermarriage rate was 6%. In 2000 it...
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Emor 5764 – The Third Temple

May 7, 2004
Dome of the Rock

When we celebrate the Jewish holidays they are centered on observance at home. Our homes have been turned into a mikdash me’at, a little Temple. Two thousand years ago holidays were centered on the Temple in Jerusalem. Our Torah portion this week, Emor, tells us details of what sacrifices were offered on the various holidays. Instructions are given to...
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