Give It A Rest – Behar-Bechukotai
Lest we think security springs from our hard work alone…
Not Even For His Mother or Father – Emor
A crucial lesson for all from the obligations of the High Priest
You Shall Be Holy For I Am Holy – Acharei Mot-Kedoshim
How can I possibly be holy if I don’t know what holiness is?
The Spiritual Side of Baldness – Tazria-Metzora
If baldness is good, why can’t I take a razor to my head?
When No Answer Is The Only Answer – Shemini
Aaron lost two sons and God did not explain why.
Stiff-Necked and Proud of It! – Passover Shabbat
Did God forgive the the sin of the Jewish people despite our stiff-neckedness or because of it?
The Wicked Son and Passover
Nobody like to be called the wicked son on Passover. Is the label ever deserved?
The Simplest Offering Was Not So Simple – Vayikra
Bringing an offering to the Temple was within the means of even the poorest people, but bringing it correctly required attentiveness.
Keep Shabbos or Else! – Vayakhel
Shabbos is so beautiful and peaceful. Does it need a death penalty to be enforced?
The Moment When All Were Equal – Ki Tisa
Every Jew was required to give a half-shekel, no more, no less. Why?
The High Priest’s Hotline to Heaven – Tetzaveh
When faced with a tough choice affecting the nation, the High Priest could consult a supernatural device that gave infallible answers.
The Angels on the Ark – Terumah
Why would God command us to make prohibited sculptures on the holiest object in the Holy Temple?