In The Beginning

Happy 5781 to you all! I had an amazing High Holy Day season, just finishing with Sukkot and Simcha Torah and I trust that you and your family had a wonderful season as well. So, better late than never, this past week we started all over. We have rewound the Read more…

Getting Back Up

Last week’s portion (yes I’m a few days behind!) was Ki Tavo. There is a verse at the top of the portion that says accursed is anyone who does not uphold this Torah. Now this sounds like it could be bad news for you and I who are not perfect. Read more…

Who Knew About Fish?

This week’s Torah portion, Re’eh has in it the kosher laws. Although we have spoken of it before, I remind you that theĀ  kosher laws were not meant for health but because they cause you to eat differently, to make different choices about eating than any other nation on earth. Read more…

Journeys

This week we have a double portion, Matot-Massei. These portions speak of the journeys of the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. Why is the word journeys plural here in the Torah? The answer is about the 42 encampments that were part of the journey from Egypt to the Read more…

The Scarlet Pagans?

So I am going to take you back a few chapters before getting to this week’s portion, Pinchas. In Numbers 15 we were given the commandment of tzitzit, the wearing of tasseled or fringed garments. The sages say that the reason the men of Israel were given this commandment was Read more…

The Missing Letter

This week’s Torah portion is Shelach. But before we delve into that I would like to thank everyone for the positive response we have had to Kosher Pastor. We have had dozens of people signing up for the program from so many different nations, all over the world. It really Read more…

Sins of The World

  The sin of the worship of the golden calf is central to Jewish history and the impact of that sin on the history of the Jewish people cannot be overstated. To begin with, the only reason that the descendants of Levi, the Levites, are included in the priestly class Read more…

Lighting The Way

This week’s portion is Naso, but I want to address more specifically what is happening around the world and inn our country right now. Our sages say that when Aaron was growing up his job was lighting the menorah. When he went to do it, it was prepared for him, Read more…

You Are Counted

This weeks’s portion is Bamidbar and it is the first portion in our new book of Numbers. It does not, however, mean numbers. It actually means “in the wilderness”. In this book the children of Israel are, indeed, in the wilderness. The English name, Numbers, is significant because in the Read more…

And It Shall Be Done

This week, another double portion – Behar and Bechukotai. I am going to focus on the latter which literally means “by my decree”. There are three types of commandments that we encounter in the bible. Mishpat (plural mishpatim), chok (plural chukim) and eid (plural eidot). The eid are testimonials or Read more…