Those Who Clean Up Our Shmutz are Important

The Torah portion Tzav (literally “command”) drones on about how sacrifices were performed, how the ashes were cleaned, and even what was worn to clean the ashes. What of that could be relevant in today’s world? Then I read Rabbi Joe Rapport’ dvar Torah “On the Holiness of Shmutz” and Rabbi Jack Paskoff‘s dvar acher “Sometimes Shmutz […]

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Belief Transcends Experience

  A couple of weeks ago my Visual Torah sketchnote talked about how cultic rules were adapted in the Diaspora. This week’s Torah portion, parsha T’tzaveh, contains another great example. The Cultic Ner Tamid T’tzaveh talks of commandment to create a lamp that is continuously light using beaten olive oil. This lamp was called the […]

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