Shabbat Kedoshim (Lev 19:1 – 20:27)

Kedoshim is the “sound bite” portion, perhaps more than any other. In it, we are told “you shall be holy, for I am holy”, and also “You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind.” And finally, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself”. There are also some pretty entertaining laws regarding relationships between men and women.... read more

An Omer Meditation

49, 48, 47… The opening moments of Passover are behind me, and I’m left with a sense of something momentous having passed with it. There’s a dryness in my mouth and heaviness in my gut that has nothing to do with the matza I’ve consumed. …46, 45, 44… I’ve traveled out of Mitzrayim (“the narrow place”, the place which may once have been big enough for... read more

Dancing Around the Issue, Part 2

(Continued from here) Does an event like “Dancing With the Rabbis” present some beyond-the-pale crossing of a line? One of my friends thinks so. He says: “I think in this case, with the rabbis having so thoroughly dispensed with their dignity to raise some money – that is so far gone that it has nothing to do with liberal Judaism. I can’t imagine anyone thinking this is a... read more

EdibleTorah D’var Torah on PunkTorah

The great folks over on PunkTorah asked me to offer some Passover ideas. You can read all about it there. Here’s a taste, if you are curious: In the movie “The Princess Bride”, the heroine Buttercup negotiates what she believes is safety for her true love Wesley before she is whisked off as a prisoner. As she rides away, Wesley looks at his captors (who have no intention of honoring the bargain)... read more

That Darn Wicked Child

As we stand at the edge of what is arguably the biggest night in the Jewish calendar, I wanted to share one bit of learning I picked up this weekend from a local Rabbi. We all have people in our lives who resemble the Rasha – the wicked child of those famous 4 children who make their appearance at this time of year. Heck, at one time or another (or many) in our lives we may even BE the wicked child:... read more

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