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Tzav: As Without, So Within

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Tzav

Tzav: As Without, So Within

This week’s Torah portion is a continuation of the instructions for offerings that began with last week’s reading, and so presents similar challenges to the modern commentator. It’s no easy thing to create spiritual meaning from such dry and dated material. Commentators have long looked to the structure of the portable sanctuary known as the […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayikra

Vayikra: Drawing Near

This week we begin the Book of Leviticus, known in Hebrew as Vayikra/And He Called.  The book is also known as Torat Kohanim/Instruction for (or by) Priests. The first part of the book is addressed primarily to the priests and the second half is, for the most part, directed to the people. Vayikra is, for most people, the […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Vayakhel/Pikudei

Vayakhel-Pikudei: Wise Hearts

In this week’s reading, the Israelites turn to the task of building the Mishkan according to God’s plan. They are called upon to donate building material and to take on the responsibility for constructing the various components of this portable sanctuary. One particular phrase is repeated so often that even a cursory reading of the Hebrew will make […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Ki Tissa

Ki Tissa: Revelation and Insight

This week’s reading includes the story of the Golden Calf. The failure of the Children of Israel and to live up to covenant they had so recently accepted pushed both God and Moshe nearly to limits of their patience. God’s anger was so great that he had to withdraw his presence (Exodus 33:1-6). Moshe pitched his tent outside […]

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