Shemini

Parshat Shemini: A Fire that Consumes

Rabbi Ronen Ben David

Parashat Shemini: A Fire That Consumes Where does the desire to cut corners come from? How can we channel our positive enthusiasm and good intentions, and not let them devolve into a fiery ever-turning sword? Rabbi Ronen Ben David is the Headmaster of the Neveh Channah High School for Girls, in Memory of Anna Ehrman …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5780

Shabbat Shalom: Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)  By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin  Efrat, Israel: “And it happened on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel” (Leviticus 9:1 )   One of the most moving rituals of the Jewish week, at the advent of the eighth day, is the havdalah (“separation”) ceremony, …

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Parshat Shmini: Significance in the Details

Yigal Klein

Parshat Shemini: Significance in the Details Yigal Klein, Educational Director of the Yachad Program for Jewish Identity Parshat Shemini centers on the terrible agony experienced upon the death of Nadav and Avihu, Aharon’s two sons. The pain in their passing becomes even more significant and heart-wrenching when considering the temporal dimension, namely, the day the …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shemini 5778

Shemini 5778 (Leviticus 9:1-11:47)  Rabbi David Stav Following Passover, we resume reading the regular series of Torah readings, which contain the inauguration of the mishkan, the Tabernacle. After months of fund-raising to acquire the funds needed to build the mishkan, and a complex construction process, Aaron and his sons remain sequestered in the mishkan for seven days …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5778

Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – ‘And when Moses heard it found favor in his eyes’ (Leviticus 10:19). Our biblical portion opens with the exalting and exultant ceremonies of the consecration of the desert sanctuary, closely followed by a description of the tragic death of Aaron’s two eldest sons. These events …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5777

Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel — “And Nadav and Avihu, the sons of Aaron, each took his censer, placed fire on it, and laid incense thereon, and offered strange fire which He had not commanded them. And there came forth fire from before God, and it devoured them, so that they died …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Shemini 5777

Parshat Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi David Stav  Why do we keep kosher? This week’s portion, Shemini, in discussing the kosher dietary laws, devotes no less than an entire chapter to delineating prohibited foods, such as insects and creeping animals, pigs, rabbits, and so on. We will seek here to identify the Torah’s main reason for prohibiting the …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Shemini 5775

Parshat Shemini  (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, each took his pan, put fire in them, and placed incense upon it, and they brought before the Lord foreign fire, which He had not commanded them. And fire went forth from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died …

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"Shabbat Shalom" – Shemini 5775

Parshat Shemini  (Leviticus 9:1-11:47) Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “And Aaron’s sons, Nadav and Avihu, each took his pan, put fire in them, and placed incense upon it, and they brought before the Lord foreign fire, which He had not commanded them. And fire went forth from before the Lord and consumed them, and they died …

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