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A JEWISH CAUSALITY DILEMMA - Parshat Tazria-Metzora

Posted by David Kasher on 27 April 2017 | Comments

Which came first: the chicken, or the egg?

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THE PATH OF HOLINESS - Parshat Shemini

Posted by David Kasher on 20 April 2017 | Comments

What is holiness?

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NOT BY MATZAH ALONE - Parshat Tzav

Posted by David Kasher on 6 April 2017 | Comments

It is not difficult to come up with a connection between Passover and Parshat Tzav. For it is here in Leviticus, deep in the arcane laws of the priestly sacrifices, that we reencounter a substance familiar to us from the Exodus. Every day in the Temple, we read, there were both animal sacrifices and grain sacrifices. The most basic form of the latter – the Minkhah – was partially burnt on the altar, and then the remainder was eaten by the priests, as follows:

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THE CALLING - Parshat Vayikra

Posted by David Kasher on 30 March 2017 | Comments

What did Moses hear when God called out to him?

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AN INVISIBLE PALACE - Parshat Vayakhel-Pikudei

Posted by David Kasher on 23 March 2017 | Comments

There is something hidden in the Tabernacle.

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BREAKING THE LAW - Parshat Ki Tisa

Posted by David Kasher on 16 March 2017 | Comments

Every so often, roaming through the world of parshanut, we come across a piece of commentary so startling, so profound, and so complex, that it demands our full attention for the week. This is such a week, and the piece in question is from one of the great works of Torah commentary of the 20th-century, the Meshech Chochmah, by Rabbi Meir Simcha of Dvinsk, Latvia.

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THE PRIESTS OF PURIM - Parshat Tetzaveh

Posted by David Kasher on 9 March 2017 | Comments

I have written before about the rabbinic tradition of seeking thematic links between an upcoming holiday and the parsha that regularly precedes it. When the holiday in question also has its own special reading, then all the more so, the commentators assiduously comb the two texts, looking for connections.

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BABES IN THE WOOD - Parshat Terumah

Posted by David Kasher on 2 March 2017 | Comments

Deep in the heart of God’s sanctuary, there in the Holy of Holies, stood two golden idols. 

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WITCH HUNTING - Parshat Mishpatim

Posted by David Kasher on 23 February 2017 | Comments

Wandering through a dense forest of laws, we come upon a witch.

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NOT OF MEN - Parshat Yitro

Posted by David Kasher on 16 February 2017 | Comments

An astonishing thing happened on Mount Sinai.

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