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Torah Talk for Parashat Bemidbar

In this parasha, Moshe conducts a census of the Israelites and the Levites, and sets up the structure of the wilderness encampment; Hashem describes the unique duties of the Kehati family from which the cohanim (priests) come. In the first four chapters of the book of Bemidbar, over the course of describing the census and the structure of the camp, the word mishpachah (family), or its plural, appears 55 times. Read more >

May 23, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashot Behar-Bechukotai

In these two parashot, Hashem tells Moshe to instruct the people in the laws of the Shmitah (Sabbatical) and Yovel (Jubilee) years, as well as how to relate to those in the community who become impoverished. Hashem then enumerates the rewards for keeping the commandments and the punishments for violating them; and the laws of tithes are listed. Chapter 25, verses 35-38 expound upon an interpersonal law from which we can draw general principles about …

May 17, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Emor

In this parasha, Hashem gives Moshe a series of laws specific to the cohanim (priests); Hashem then instructs Moshe to tell the people about the festivals, in addition to the laws of blasphemy and murder. An interesting mitzvah appears in chapter 22, verse 28: “Whether it be a cow or a ewe, you shall not kill it and its young both in one day.” Some modern commentators believe that this is an admonition against being cavalier about destroying …

May 9, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashot Acharei Mot-Kedoshim

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe regarding the procedures for Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); Hashem then tells Moshe to give the people a series of ethical and ritual laws instructing them how to be holy. One verse of this series states (19:18): “Do not take revenge and do no bear a grudge against the children of your nation; love your neighbor as yourself; I am Hashem.” One of the most well-known incarnations of …

May 2, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashot Tazria-Metzora

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe on the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth; describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy), and the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with leprosy; and instructs Moshe and Aharon on the laws regarding emission of bodily fluids. The tzara’at presented in these parashot is a spiritual disease, not a physical one; it defies translation and is …

April 26, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Shmini

After the dedication of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the ordination of the cohanim (priests), two of Aharon’s sons bring a strange fire before God and are consumed by fire; God then instructs Moshe and Aharon regarding which animals, fish, and birds may be eaten by the Bnei Yisrael. Both animals and fish display physical characteristics which indicate whether or not they are kosher: a kosher animal has completely split hooves and chews its cud, and …

April 19, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Tzav

In this parasha, Hashem tells Moshe to describe to the cohanim (priests) the rituals for some of the offerings; the cohanim then undergo the process of ordination. One of the garments the cohen gadol (high priest) wore was the urim v’tumim, a vestment that is shrouded in mystery. Chapter 8, verse 8 says, “He put upon him the breastplate and on the breastplate he put the urim v’tumim.” However, there are many questions about what the urim v’tumim actually were. Read more >

April 4, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayikra

In this parasha, Hashem commands Moshe regarding various types of offerings, under what circumstances they should be offered, and what they should consist of. The Torah chooses two interesting words for those bringing offerings. Instead of utilizing the common term “ish,” meaning “man” or more generically “person,” it utilizes the following words. Read more >

March 28, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

In these parshiyot the Bnei Yisrael bring so many materials for the construction of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) that Moshe tells them to stop; Betzalel and Oholiav, gifted craftspeople, construct the elements of the Mishkan. The work of constructing the Mishkan is completed; Moshe receives the command to anoint its vessels and to anoint Aharon and the cohanim (priests). There is a classic debate between Rashi (11th century Franco-Germany) and Ramban (13th century Spain/Palestine) about the …

March 21, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|

Torah Talk for Parashat Ki Tisa

In this parasha, Hashem continues describing the Mishkan (Tabernacle) to Moshe; the people worship the Aygel Hazahav (Golden Calf), Moshe pleads on their behalf, and Hashem forgives them. This parasha contains one of the famous passages about the Shabbat, one which we recite in the Shabbat morning kiddush (31:12-17). The commentators ask why this section is here in the middle of particulars related to building the Mishkan. Further, the words come across as harsh: anyone …

March 15, 2017 |By |Author Type: Faculty and Staff |Topics: Torah Talks|Tags: Parent-Child Learning|