What is the purpose of verbally counting the days between Pesach and Shavuot? Why does Shavuot lack any specific mitzvot (unlike Sukkot, Pesach or Rosh HaShana)? Thoughts on Sefirat HaOmer and the journey by which we mark our relationship with God.
While the Temple is where the presence of God is most manifest, true holiness is found when we are outside its precincts, forging a relationship with God and members of society in our everyday lives. Thoughts on the names "Acharei Mot" & "Kedoshim."
The message of Parah Adumah: often when helping others, we can become sullied. To inspire others often requires both physical and spiritual sacrifice, and that's ok. After all, isn't that what we say about God? Thoughts on this week’s special Torah reading.
Shabbat Hagadol receives its name from its special Haftorah reading from the final chapter of the Book of Malachi. Why was this section chosen? It doesn't even mentioned the holiday of Passover! Thoughts on its redemptive holiday message.
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik taught that if you want to understand how to deal with a contemporary issue, look at the parsha or upcoming holiday. Thoughts on what Purim and Parshat Tzav communicate to us regarding the mandate to make a difference for refugees from Ukraine.
Sefer Vayikra is called "Torat Kohanim" not only because it focuses on Temple ritual, but because it also speaks about the responsibility of the Jewish people to be a priestly nation ("mamlechet kohanim") promoting justice against injustice.