VA-ETCHANAN — Do we exercise enough? Getting enough rest, staying clean, not smoking, and using alcohol in moderation are all important ways to respecting our bodies. Unfortunately, some people take better care of their fine jewelry, putting it away in velvet, than they do in caring for themselves. Our bodies do wonderful things for us. They enjoy our indulgences and provide us with pleasure, but they are also the tools we use to realize our dreams and aspirations. Without the energy to articulate or implement our ideas and creativity, we wouldn’t be able to accomplish much. This week’s Torah portion, Va-Etchanan,...Read More
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BALAK — It is hard to resist temptation. In order to do so, one must have a strong sense of right and wrong and be able to assess the situation rationally. Temptation exists everywhere in our world in varying degrees. Sometimes it comes in the question of an extra piece of dessert. Sometimes it is a less than honest way to get a better grade, and sometimes it takes even a more serious form. But there is always a price when we give in to temptation, and that price is transgressing one of our own values or ethics. In...Read More
TORAH PORTION: TETZAVEH Since the Garden of Eden people have been self-conscious about their bodies and exhibited a need for privacy. How we cover up our bodies with clothing is expressed in infinite variations. Styles– sophisticated, slinky, funky, professional, fun– send a very personal message to the world. Clothing reflects how we value ourselves and our bodies. In our parsha this week, the priests who serve in the sanctuary dress for “adornment and dignity”. Both those reasons are crucial. Fulfilling their role with dignity is reflected in the elaborate clothes they wear, complete with sashes, breastpiece and headdress. But the priests’ clothes are not only about dignity; beauty...Read More
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