Leviticus

Neighbors and Strangers

I received a hate call two weeks ago. It came right after I had had the honor of offering an ...

The Project of Leadership

Most people find this section (the final chapters of Exodus and first few chapters of Leviticus) of the Torah pretty ...

Words Matter

Last night, as the Republican debate began, a Facebook friend wrote that she was having her own internal debate about ...

Five Stages of Soul

Simchat Torah: a day for reading — and connecting — the beginning and end of the Torah. The Torah begins ...

Are We Clean Enough?

This week’s Torah portion, Tazriah, includes the stipulation that, following the birth of a child, a mother must separate herself ...

The Cruelty of a Cheeseburger

This week’s Torah portion commands us to swear off cheeseburgers. Well not exactly. It was the rabbis that created the ...

Do We Find in the Torah Just What We Want to See?

Earlier this month in The New York Times, Reza Aslan continued an ongoing argument against Bill Maher’s blanket condemnation of ...

Among LGBT Jews & Their Allies, Leviticus is a Dirty Word

Many LGBT Jews and allies find Leviticus to be challenging. Here is one rabbi’s reading of the passage. More can ...

Parashat Vayikra Live and Let Leviticus: A Call to Gay Men

Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. Each ...

Parashat Aharei Mot and Parashat Kedoshim: You Shall Be Holy

  Jews read sections of the Torah each week, and these sections, known as parshiyot, inspire endless examination year after year. ...