Acharei Mot: A Hot Mess? (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CV54aCjdvNc Source: Bimbam.com … [Continue reading]

Pesach Day 1—Shabbat, April 20, 2019—15 Nisan 5779

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 … [Continue reading]

Metzora: The Leper Recovered

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 … [Continue reading]

Tazriah: A Penalty for Unclean Men

Tazria-Metzora Dvar

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 … [Continue reading]

Shabbat Parah Adumah—Sabbath of the Red Heifer

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 … [Continue reading]

Tzav: The Battle of the Sea of Reeds

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 … [Continue reading]

Shabbat Zachor: Amalekites, Egyptians, and a Promise

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 … [Continue reading]

Haftorat Pekuday: The Report of Hiram, King of Tyre

(Please note: this week's drash covers the haftorah for Parshat Pekudei -- I Kings 7:51-8:21.) Haftorat Pekuday: The Report of Hiram, King of Tyre by Rabbi David Hartley Mark I, Hiram, was king of Tyre, back around—oh, 1,000 BCE in your … [Continue reading]

Vayakhel: Putting God into a Box

Vayakhel: Putting God into a Box by Rabbi David Hartley Mark (Scene: An open, bare field in the middle of the Israelite Camp, blocked off from the rest of the camp by an elaborate fence, consisting of wooden pillars fitted into brass sockets, … [Continue reading]

Kee Teesa: Egyptian Army Interrogation of an Israelite Refugee

Kee Teesa: Egyptian Army Interrogation of an Israelite Refugee by Rabbi David Hartley Mark Lt. Djer, Duty Officer of the 18th Regiment, Royal Egyptian Cavalry (“Jaws of Anubis,” Chariot borne), leaned back on his cloth-and-wood army field chair … [Continue reading]