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A Holiday
Joseph Stalin reputedly visited a Jewish inmate in prison who was rumored to foresee the future. Can you tell me, asked Stalin, when I will die? Well, replied the Jew, I can’t tell you the exact date, but I can tell you that will die on a Jewish holiday. …

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Vayikra: The Daily Offering

March 25, 2017 – 10:58 pm | 152 views
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A Little is Enough
If you were a little fly on the wall of the Tabernacle or Temple you would notice a curious aspect of the sacrificial rite, namely the daily offerings. Each morning, at dawn’s earliest light, a sheep offering was made. Every day the same kind of sheep with …

Vayikra: Self Esteem

March 2, 2014 – 4:29 am | 635 views
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I Am A Failure
I recently met someone who complained of a failing self-esteem. I can’t find a job, I can’t make ends meet and I’m constantly worried about money. How can I look my children in the eyes, if I’m sure they have lost respect for me? I am a …

Vayikra: The Power to Please

March 10, 2013 – 5:35 am | 550 views
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The Sin Offering
The sacrificial offerings in the Temple secured atonement for the inadvertent sins of their bearers. This prompts a question: To bring such offerings is a Divine commandment, how does fulfilling one commandment atone for transgressing another? If your student failed to do his homework but was respectful during …

Vayikra: When You Really Feel Like Helping

March 18, 2012 – 2:29 am | 865 views
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Sudden Inspirations
Are you ever seized by a sudden desire to do good? An elderly lady is crossing the street and you really feel like helping, you drop your son off at school and are struck by the feeling that you should be more involved with PTA or you go shopping …

Vayikra: When Small Is Great

March 6, 2011 – 2:27 am | 1,170 views
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The Humble Moses
The book of Leviticus begins with the sweeping majesty of Moses’ first entry into the tabernacle. “Vayikra,” G-d called unto Moses and invited him to the Tent of Meeting. Uplifting and inspiring as the moment was, Moses, understood that small is great, received his honor in abject humility. In …

Vayikra: Humble Growth

March 15, 2010 – 2:53 am | One Comment | 1,140 views
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The Small Aleph
Letters in the Hebrew alphabet also serve as numerals. Aleph, the first letter of the alphabet, represents the numeral one. It is thus fitting that Elokim, G-d`s name and Anochi, the first word of the Ten Commandments, begin with the Aleph, which represents true and singular oneness. (1)

Vayikra: Humble Gratitude

March 22, 2009 – 3:47 am | 683 views
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The AIG Scandal
After accepting a one-hundred-and-sixty-billion dollar bailout from the United States Government, American Insurance Group distributed more than a hundred-million dollars in bonuses and retention fees to its employees; a move that infuriated the congress and the American Public.

Vayikra: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

March 9, 2008 – 6:07 am | 518 views
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Sunday: It’s up to you
Our Torah portion delineates the laws of the sacrificial rite. The introductory verse reads, “A man who will bring a Karban (offering) to G-d from among you.” The syntax in this verse is curious. It should have read, “A man from among you, who will bring …