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Speaking to the Massacre in Orlando

Posted by on Jun 17, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Dvar on Parashat Nasso: Numbers 4:21-7:89 Rabbi Em Mueller June 2016 This Torah portion contains two parts that speak loudly to these days following the massacre in Orlando. First, the Nazarite’s vow. We are told that it is okay to retreat from the world, to live in isolation, but only for a limited period of time. Torah is very clear that one cannot live...

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Do Numbers Really Count?

Posted by on Jun 6, 2016 in Blog | 2 comments

Drash on Parshat BaMidbar – Numbers 1:1-4:20 Rabbi Em Mueller June 2016 The whole of the book of Numbers – BaMidbar – begins with God’s command to take a census of the Israelites. (1:2). Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, in his commentary at reformjudaism.org, points out the dehumanizing aspect of numbers: we are known by our social security...

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How Law Can Keep Us Holy

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Acharei Mot II – Leviticus 18:1-30 This parashah deals with God’s commandments to keep separate from the practices of the people in Canaan and Egypt. We must faithfully observe God’s laws, by the pursuit of which man shall live. Just about the whole chapter revolves around the taboo of seeing someone unclothed. Nakedness is טמאה...

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The Holiness of Time

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Emor – Leviticus 21:1-24:23 Rabbi Em Mueller May 16, 2016 The center of this week’s Torah portion, Emor, is about our obligation to observe specific holy days: Shabbat, Rosh HaShannah, Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. Rabbi Elyse Goldstein (reformjudaism.org) points out that, when Torah states אֲשֶׁר־תִּקְרְא֥וּ אֹתָ֖ם...

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A Path to Holiness

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Parashat Acharei Mot II – Leviticus 18:1-30 Rabbi Em Mueller May 2016 This parashah deals with God’s commandments to keep separate from the practices of the people in Canaan and Egypt. We must faithfully observe God’s laws, by the pursuit of which man shall live. Just about the whole chapter revolves around the taboo of seeing someone...

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Dressing with Intention

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Drash on Achrei Mot: Leviticus 16:1-18:30 This week’s Torah portion begins with the description of the sacral vestments Aaron is to wear when he enters the Holy of Holies. And he is to bathe before he clothes himself in these sacral vestments. Commentators have pointed out that, Yes, clothes do make the man. Indeed they do. They make the woman, as well....

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