Acharay Mote by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

A large part of the Book of Leviticus deals with holiness—an enigmatic spiritual topic which fascinated our ancestors, and continues to be difficult to define. This parsha/Torah portion begins by recounting the deaths of Nadav and Avihu, the two oldest sons of Aaron, the Kohen Gadol/High Priest, who met untimely deaths while performing a religious service before God, for reasons still uncertain. Later in Scripture, we find also the case of Uzzah, who, during King David’s triumphant procession to Jerusalem, reaches out to the Holy Ark to steady it on its wagon when the pulling ox-team stumble. For his impertinence in physically touching the Ark, God strikes him dead (II Samuel 6:6-7). Coming too close to the Holy with improper intent or physicality may, we learn, lead to catastrophe, and, often, death. >>>> Read On >>>>

Torah Talk on 03/10/14 Shmini (Leviticus 9-11)

Torah Talk with Chanah this weeks study: Shmini (Leviticus 9-11) More on sacrifice, especially the prohibition on the consumption of blood and rules of the sacrifice in the Temple.

Transforming the Mundane Into the Sacred: Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30)

Transforming the Mundane into the Sacred Parsha Acharei Mot (Lev. 16:1-18:30) Long before John F. Kennedy declared, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi, the founder of Chabad Chassidism, said something similar to a self-absorbed disciple seeking blessing: “Until now […]