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Emor: The Role of the King

May 1, 2011 – 4:11 am | 1,661 views
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The Nature of Monarchy
The world was enthralled with the royal wedding between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. It was more than the star power of celebrity
that drew our attention; to the British Commonwealth this was personal – England received its future queen and it’s prince took a wife This …

Emor – The Ironic Act Of Love

April 25, 2010 – 3:50 am | 3,568 views
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The Blasphemer
When he lost his case in Moses’ court, the blasphemer pronounced the ineffable name of G-d and cursed; bringing life in the desert to a standstill. No one knew how to respond; they had never imagined that this egregious sin would be committed and had ever contemplated its punishment. …

Emor: Win Them With Love

May 3, 2009 – 4:23 am | 1,479 views
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The Problem
We live in an age of twenty-four hour news cycles. The need to fill the air with constant news serves to lower the journalistic bar. The media used to award at least a measure of privacy to public figures. That age is long gone; today outing a prominent politician …

Emor: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

May 4, 2008 – 4:14 am | 1,537 views
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Sunday: Inherent Sanctity
The Kohen (priest) must be holy for G-d is holy. It is not easy to be holy; holiness requires discipline, devotion, commitment and constant vigilance, which is why there are so few holy people. Yet the entire tribe of Levi was holy. The Levite’s holiness was not the …

Emor: Meaningful Choices

April 29, 2007 – 5:01 am | 1,800 views
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Temptation
“He was in love with a Jewish woman. She was as Jewish as he was, but there was a problem. She was a convert and he was a kohein, a member of the priestly family.” (1) When I gently informed him that Jewish law forbids the marriage between a kohein …

Emor: Demonstrating Confidence

May 11, 2006 – 3:45 pm | 1,558 views
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Fortuitous Beginnings
Our Parsha begins with the many restrictions placed upon Kohanim, the priestly class.

They are forbidden, with rare exceptions, to attend funerals lest they become ritually impure. They are restricted in whom they may marry. They are forbidden to shave or to mutilate themselves. This is because they have an …

Emor: Room for Growth

April 30, 2006 – 5:37 pm | 1,408 views
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The Grizzled Lamb
“A bull, sheep or goat, that is born to you, shall remain under its mother for seven days. From the eighth day onward it is acceptable as an offering to G-d.” Why does the Torah refer to the newborn animals by their mature names instead of the usual …

Emor: The Joys of Restriction

April 30, 2006 – 5:32 pm | 2,244 views
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Soft Tones
In this week’s Parsha we are told of the many restrictions that were placed upon the Kohanim. (Priestly family) They may not attend funerals unless the deceased was a direct relation. Their choice of spouse is also restricted. But in instructing Moshe Rabeinu to convey the news of these …