A Truly Pure Pretension- The BDS Blunder & Parshat Teztave

Our parsha, which primarily discusses the kohanim, their work, and their inauguration, starts out on a seeming non sequitur: וְאַתָּה תְּצַוֶּה אֶת-בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וְיִקְחוּ אֵלֶיךָ שֶׁמֶן זַיִת זָךְ כָּתִית–לַמָּאוֹר:  לְהַעֲלֹת נֵר, תָּמִיד ְּאֹהֶל מוֹעֵד מִחוּץ לַפָּרֹכֶת אֲשֶׁר עַל-הָעֵדֻת, יַעֲרֹךְ אֹתוֹ אַהֲרֹן וּבָנָיו מֵעֶרֶב עַד-בֹּקֶר–לִפְנֵי ה’:  חֻקַּת עוֹלָם לְדֹרֹתָם, מֵאֵת בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל. Now you shall command the Israelites […]

Shemot- Suffering from Submissiveness

As we begin Sefer Shemot, we find the Jewish people at a spiritual and physical low. The Egyptians, having lost their economy to a famine, start a long-lasting precedent of blaming the Jews, and they enslave their neighbors in the service of the country. Then, Paroah, the king of Egypt, hatches a plan to break the […]

Tazria-Metzora- Leprosy of the Holy Land

Click here for printer-friendly PDF version LEPROSY OF THE HOLY LAND “כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל-אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן…וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת” (ויקרא י”ד:ל”ד) This week’s parshiot introduce us to the concept of צרעת, an affliction on the skin that only seems to come about while in the borders of ארץ ישראל. While this type of illness could be seen as natural, […]