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A man once went to the butcher and saw two bins, one filled with fresh meat, the other, with pickled meat. The pickled meat smelled good and drew his attention. He bought five pounds of the it and returned the next day with terrible stomach pains. Why didn’t you …

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Acharei: Be Upfront

April 30, 2017 – 1:01 am | 202 views
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Mind Games
Too many people like to play mind games. They won’t be upfront and tell you that they are in hospital, but then they’ll complain when you don’t visit. They won’t tell you that they are in crisis, but will complain that you didn’t ask. They talk in riddles and …

Acharei Mot: For The People

May 2, 2016 – 10:08 am | 542 views
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A Sobering Moment
I remember my first “for the people,” moment. I was officiating at my first Bar Mitzvah as a rabbi. The sanctuary was filled to the brim and my aim was to impress. I offered a wonderful introduction to the Bar Mitzvah boy and a flowery reflection on his …

Acharei Mot: Post Shivah

April 6, 2014 – 4:03 am | 6,253 views
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The Shelf Life
I have seen it as often as you have. Someone loses a loved one, family, friends and acquaintances close ranks around them, attend Shivah, coordinate details, bring food and provide comfort. Then Shivah ends, everyone bids the bereaved farewell and return to daily life.
It is now post Shivah, …

Acharei Mot: Response to Tragedy

April 14, 2013 – 4:06 am | 1,865 views
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A Silent Response
During his inauguration to the High Priesthood, Aaron lost two sons. In response to tragedy Aaron was silent.[1] As High Priest, Aaron was permitted to enter the Holy of Holies on occasion, but only in silence – without bells on his tunic.[2] Silence seems to be thematic to …

Acharei Mot: Walk The Walk

April 18, 2010 – 4:28 am | 731 views
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On The Beach
I had a conversation fourteen years ago with a fellow that has since become one of my closest friends. This was the first time we met and he wanted to test my tolerance, as it were, by mentioning that rather than attend a formal synagogue service on Yom …

Acharei: Food for Thought for Your Dinner Table

April 13, 2008 – 5:52 am | 761 views
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Sunday: Repentance
The Holy of Holies was closed to human traffic throughout the year, even on Shabbat and holidays, Yom Kippur was the only exception. Yom Kippur is unique because it is a day of repentance. Our sages taught that the penitent’s deep remorse and yearning for G-d catapult him to …

Acharei Mot: G-d’s Space

April 22, 2007 – 3:21 am | 869 views
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The Holiest Day
The nation had pinned their hopes on two young men. Rising stars of the Levitic tribe, they were hailed as leaders of the next generation. Pious, righteous, passionate and devoted, Aaron’s eldest sons were expected to respectively succeed their illustrious father and uncle.

Tragedy struck. Like a bolt of …

Acharei Mot K’doshim: Journey of Sanctification

April 23, 2006 – 10:06 am | 2,245 views
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A Mixed Message

This week we read a double Parsha Acharei Mot and K’doshim. The first Parsha is a description of the Kohen Gadol, holiest Jew in the nation, in the Kodesh Hakadashim (Holy of Holies), holiest place in the world, on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year.