Behar: Sustainable Farming in the Torah (video)

Speak: A Poem for Parashah Emor

Speak of ritual and rules, of purity and piety. Speak of celebration, and time that drifts and flows in a spiral of light and dark and bounty and decay. Speak, in each season of coming and going and rising like smoke, like breath, effortless as thought, and rising, ever rising kadosh, kadosh, kadosh. Speak of […]

Kedoshim: Gleanings From Our Own Blessings

Though it may be hard to see at times, we all have abundant blessings, and even a surplus, if only we could notice it. By Judith Greenberg It’s easy to look up the street and see that the grass is a little greener at a neighbor’s. Maybe they have a new car or their kids […]

Acharei Mot: A Hot Mess? (video)

Pesach Day 1 by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Pesach Day 1—Shabbat, April 20, 2019—15 Nisan 5779 Scene: Land of Goshen, the Israelite Neighborhood of Egypt. Moses is examining every dwelling to make certain that all is in keeping with the LORD’s commands. He is accompanied by one Lieutenant Djer, of the Royal Egyptian Cavalry, “Vision of Ibis” Regiment, Commanding. Moses is hale and […]

Metzora by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Torah Portion Metzora: The Leper Recovered by Rabbi David Hartley Mark This is the man Who may have been a leper. These are the living birds, all pure, Brought by the man Who may have been a leper. This is the wood From a cedar green, Two living birds With feathered sheen Brought by the […]

Tazriah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Parshat Tazriah: A Penalty for Unclean Men by Rabbi David Hartley Mark “The LORD spoke to Moses…’Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman bears a child, she shall be tamei/unclean for seven days; she shall be as unclean as at her Time of the Month.” –Lev. 12:1-2             Rather, had the Lord spoke […]

Shabbat Parah Adumah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Shabbat Parah Adumah—Sabbath of the Red Heifer Parshat Shemini March 30, 2019—23 Adar II, 5779 by Rabbi David Hartley Mark             I am the Red Heifer. Without my sacrifice, there can be no Pesach, no Seder, no Prayer for Dew (Tal); not even those matzo balls in chicken soup of which Jews (and gentiles) are […]

The Battle of the Sea of Reeds by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

The Sinai Desert was still pitchy-black when Lt. Djer’s adjutant, Corporal Tem, shook his commander’s shoulder to awaken him. The lieutenant immediately arose—his training at the Royal Egyptian Army Military Academy (Heliopolis) stood him in good stead. He sat on the edge of his cot, blinking and collecting his thoughts. “The Lieutenant sleeps with one […]

Shabbat Zachor by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Shabbat Zachor: Amalekites, Egyptians, and a Promise by Rabbi David Hartley Mark The Sinai Desert was still pitchy-black when Lt. Djer’s adjutant, Corporal Tem, shook his commander’s shoulder to awaken him. The lieutenant immediately arose—his training at the Royal Egyptian Army Military Academy (Heliopolis) stood him in good stead. He sat on the edge of […]