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EMOR

HONOURING G-D AND HONOURING WOMEN Two commands in this week’s parasha go to the core of what it means to be a Jew: “Do not profane My holy name – that I may be sanctified in the midst of the Israelites.” (Vayikra 22:23) What does it mean to sanctify or desecrate G-d’s name? The late...

KEDOSHIM
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KEDOSHIM

SELF HELP Tzedaka or Charity is a cornerstone of Judaism. But equally important is how it is administered. In this week’s parasha we learn that when a farmer harvested his crop, he was obliged to leave a corner of the field (known as pe’ah) for the poor. When he came to reap the grain, if...

ACHREI MOT
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ACHREI MOT

HIGH STANDARDS To be a Kohen Gadol or High Priest was one of the most challenging roles in all of the Jewish religion. There were demands made of him that did not apply to anyone else in the community. Whereas a regular priest could not marry a woman who had been divorced, a High Priest...

SHABBAT HAGADOL
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SHABBAT HAGADOL

THE GREAT SHABBAT Why is this Shabbat called Shabbat HaGadol – ‘the Great Shabbat?’ The first reference to this name is found in Siddur of Rashi, our great medieval commentator (p.171.) He makes the calculation, based on our Sages, that the Exodus took place on a Thursday. Hence, the 10th Nisan that year would have...

TAZRIA
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TAZRIA

RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES Earlier this week, New Zealand’s Maori king announced that whales will be recognized as ‘legal persons’ and he hopes that governments will enforce this proposal. While lawyers will ponder over the fascinating legal implications of such a declaration, the king is right to highlight the interdependence we have with the natural world,...