Emor/Yom Ha’atzma’ut- The Sanctity of Modern Mo’adim

In the midst of a parsha focused on the physical guidelines and standards for kohanim, the fourth aliyah changes topics a little bit, tangentially discussing the holidays of our people, the first time in the entire Torah that they are all listed together (and the first appearance of all of them, except for Pesach). The section opens: וַיְדַבֵּר ה’, […]

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, […]