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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Tzav 2016

Tzav: Contagious Holiness

This week’s reading, Tzav, focuses on the rights and responsibilities of the kohanim and concludes with their initiation into priestly service. Leviticus is primarily a technical manual, and as such it is rather dry reading. I generally have to work hard to find inspiration in its contents. But every once in awhile, I come across a verse that seems to glow […]

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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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