April 2018

An Exercise in Time Travel

AvodahThis week, in our Torah, we read of the High Priest’s service in the ancient Temple of Jerusalem.  On the other side of the summer, when – with heaven’s help – we arrive at our Day of Atonement, we will read these verses again, and our traditional liturgy will give us the opportunity to walk through the Temple-service...

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What's Kosher in a Complex World?

“These are the instructions concerning animals, birds, all living creatures that move in water, and all creatures that swarm on earth, for distinguishing between the unclean and the clean, between the living things that may be eaten and the living things that may not be consumed.” (Leviticus 11:46-47)

By legacy, by history – by divine decree, if you like – we are a people of discernment. 

Our tradition gives us such binary categories as pure and...

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