Behar: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Land

Behar: Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Land

This Shabbat we read parashat Behar, “on the mountain,” and from that mountain–Sinai–God gave Moses the commandments regarding Shmita and Yovel, the sabbatical and jubilee years, where the land was to lie fallow, not being planted or harvested. But wait, weren’t all...
Behar-Bekhukotai: Seven and Fifty

Behar-Bekhukotai: Seven and Fifty

birthday cake with 5-0 candles from zen imagery on Flickr, 7 candle from a package Behar-Bekhukotai: Seven and Fifty by Chaplain Barry E. Pitegoff, BCC           Rabbi Elkodsi frames this book as “But Who’s Counting?” My professor of Gerontology taught that counting...
Kedoshim: How Are We Holy?

Kedoshim: How Are We Holy?

What does it mean to be kadosh, “holy,” or “sanctified”? I always used to think it meant “elevated,” or somehow, “better than” something or someone else. Dictionary.com would certainly have you believe that, but the Hebrew word, kadosh, means “to be set apart.” A...
Achare Mot: “I Can DO It Myself!”

Achare Mot: “I Can DO It Myself!”

Photo credit: Flickr.com, Kenny Holston, Whiteman fitness center Achare Mot: “I Can Do It Myself!” Years ago Joan Collins did a commercial for Jack LaLane Fitness Centers. She asked her butler to bring her her shoes and gym bag. When he asked if perhaps he...
Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni”

Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni”

Photo credit: https://www.artstation.com/artwork/wNYxw Shemot: And God Said, “Hineni” By Cantor Lois Kittner I believe in miracles, and I believe in God, but the accepted translations and interpretations of common scenes in the Torah had made it...

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