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Vayikra 5771 — Do you hear God calling?

March 11, 2011

“And He called to Moses, and God spoke to him from the tent of meeting, saying:”  …Leviticus 1:1 Rashi tells us that even though God called out to Moses, only Moses heard the call, none of the rest of children of Israel heard the call. This does not, of course, mean that God did...
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Vayikra 5770 — God Calling

March 18, 2010
Vayikra 5770 — God Calling

"  And God called to Moses " Rashi, the medieval rabbinic commentator par excellence, brings two interesting teachings about this phrase, which opens this week's Torah reading: 1) When the Torah says God "called" to someone, it is language of affection, as we see exemplified by Isaiah who quotes the angels "and they called...
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Vayikra 5767

March 24, 2007
Vayikra 5767

If I were making a movie like “Oh God!” or “Bruce Almighty” that anthropomorphizes God and gives him a human appearance, I would definitely do one scene that showed God with an apron on and an ecstatic look on His face as he flips a burger on a grill.  Because God must surely love...
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Vayikra 5766: Political Sacrifice

February 10, 2006

 This week we begin our reading of the book of Vayikra, Leviticus. This week’s portion, and much of the entire book of Leviticus, is taken up with details of the sacrificial offerings that were made in the Temple. This week’s parsha has a special focus on various kinds of sacrifices that were brought by...
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Vayikra 5765: The Torah Calls Out in Love

February 10, 2005

“And He called to Moses, and the Lord spoke to him out of the Tent of Meeting.” …Leviticus 1:1 “And He called to Moses.” Rashi, the most famous of all Biblical commentators, tells us that vayikra, He called, is a phrase indicating affection, in this case God’s affection for Moses. It is the kind...
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Vayikra 5764: “Accidental” Sins

April 1, 2004

 This week’s parsha, Vayikra, the first parsha in the book of Vayikra or Leviticus, is largely concerned with sacrifices. We get the details of all sorts of different sacrifices: Burnt offering Meal offering First fruits offering Meal offering of first fruits Peace offerings Sin offerings Sin offerings of the assembly Sin offerings of the...
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