Parashah Chukat 2019 (Statutes) Numbers 19 – 22:1

This parashah has some interesting events, some of which are hard, if not impossible, to understand. First, a red heifer is completely burned up, mixed with cedar, hyssop, and scarlet yearn, to make ashes that are used to cleanse someone who has become unclean, such as when touching a corpse. If you prefer to watch a…

Parashot Thazria/Metzora 2018 Leviticus 12 – 15

If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video.   These chapters deal with the purification procedures for a person after childbirth, when Tzara’at (leprosy, or some infectious skin disease) breaks out and if one suffers any type of bodily secretion. It should be noted that they refer mainly to…

The Finite Can Never Understand the Infinite

If you prefer to watch a video, click on this link: Watch the video.   Can you imagine what 1,000,000 candles would look like if they were all lined up in a row? Can you picture in your mind what 1,000,000 dollar bills would look like if they were stacked one on the other? I…

Parashah Tatzria (She Delivers) Leviticus 12 and 13

These two chapters continue in the sections of Leviticus that deal with cleanliness and uncleanliness. Chapter 11 started with food, Chapter 12 deals with the cleanliness of a woman after giving birth and Chapter 13 with skin disorders, specifically leprosy (in Hebrew it’s called Tza’arat.) Chapter 12 says that a woman is unclean after giving birth…

Potato, potahto….Tomato, tomahto.

They sound different but, once you taste it, you know that the potato is a potahto and the tomato is a tomahto. In Hebrew there are no vowels, so the root consonants of the word can be the same for two different words, which can sound different but still have the same basic meaning. For instance,…

Parasha Vayikra (He Called) Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26

This book is also known as the Torat Kohanim, or Laws of the Priests. It is all about the Priesthood, regulations for how they are to act, how they get paid and also how to identify clean from unclean. The 7th Sabbatical year known as the Jubilee Year, as well as rules on tithing and…

Parashah Ki Tetze (When You Go Out)

There is just so much in this parashah. Too much to do in a single drash. Suffice it to say that this parashah is comprised of rules about how to treat each other. It talks of relations between men and women, whether slave, captured enemy, or spouse. It talks about how to treat the property of…