Road to Zion

Behar (On the Mountain) Leviticus 25:1-26:2 

1.In our Torah Portion, Leviticus 25:1-26:2 G-d was giving instructions for the Sabbatical year/ Sh’mitah year and the Yovel or Jubilee year.  The children of Israel were still at Mount Sinai with about 38 more years to wander. Only two adults would actually get to the Promised Land. Why was G-d giving agricultural instructions to the […]

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Kedoshim (Holy People) (Leviticus) Vayikra 19-20

Kedoshim (Holy People) (Leviticus) Vayikra 19-20 In this Torah portion we are struck by the fact that mere mortals can be Holy because in Leviticus 19:1-2 it says, “Be holy because I, the L-rd your G-d, am holy. “ A further exploration of the word Holy or Kadosh would be helpful.  While it is true that the word Kadosh implies […]

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Acharei Mot Leviticus 16-18:30  HafTorah: Ezekiel 22:1-19

Torah Portion: Acharei Mot Leviticus 16-18:30  HafTorah: Ezekiel 22:1-19 1.The service of Yom Kippur was unique in the sin and guilt offerings in Israel. Normally confession was made over the animal being sacrificed. But here confession was made over the one sent away not the one sacrificed. So the question arises, “Why was the offering divided between […]

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