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TO PROFANE OR TO SANCTIFY – “Emor” – Lev. 21-24 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

TO PROFANE OR TO SANCTIFY – “Emor” – Lev. 21-24 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon The section called “Emor” – literally “Say!” – will be read this coming Shabat in traditional congregations outside of Israel. It was read last Shabat in … Continue reading

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BLESSINGS AND MUSIC – Naso – Num.4:21–7 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

BLESSINGS AND MUSIC – Naso – Num.4:21–7 – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Of all the topics discussed in this week’s reading, one that comes near the end is easily the most familiar, and perhaps most important for our generation. It … Continue reading

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CONTAMINATED — Lev. 12-15 Tazria-Metzora – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

CONTAMINATED — Lev. 12-15 Tazria-Metzora – by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Some tribal societies have medicine men who treat physical ailments with mystery cures. Ancient Israel left that function to the cohanim, the priests, Aaron and his descendants. The Book of … Continue reading

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NOT THE LEADER – Va-eyra – Ex. 6-9, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

NOT THE LEADER – Va-eyra – Ex. 6-9, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon We meet a new man in this week’s Torah reading. Aaron. Unlike other major characters in our Biblical history, his birth was not described. He enters our story … Continue reading

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BLESSINGS SURVIVE – Naso – Num. 4:21—7, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon

BLESSINGS SURVIVE – Naso – Num. 4:21—7, by Rabbi Baruch Cohon Our reading this week recounts no less than five ancient practices that we no longer observe, no matter how pious we may be otherwise. No longer do the Levi … Continue reading

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