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Akharei Mot-Kedoshim: Scapegoats

Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Akharei Mot-Kedushim

Akharei Mot-Kedoshim: Scapegoats

This week’s Torah portion (Leviticus 16:1-20:27) includes a detailed description of the rituals conducted by the High Priest on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). In most synagogues, selected passages are also read during Yom Kippur morning services. The High Priest’s activities include what has come to be known as the scapegoat ritual: And he [Aharon, the High Priest] is to take […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Tazria-Metzora

Tazria-Metzora: Lost in Translation

As much as I love Torah, there are parts of the text from which I recoil. This week’s reading is one of them. Tazria-Metzora focuses on tzara’at (a “plague” that affects skin, walls and fabric) as well as other circumstances that result in ritual impurity. These include seminal and other discharges for men, and menstruation and childbirth for women. I […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Food for Thought

Shemini: Food for Thought

I write most of these commentaries at my favorite coffee shop. The coffee is fresh and delicious and the atmosphere is warm and friendly even at 6:00 AM. It’s a great spot for meeting friends and colleagues, and its the the perfect “office” for laptop-toting entrepreneurs like me. But the main reason I love Rise Up Coffee Roasters is […]

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