On Holiness: Parasha Kedoshim

If I were to ask you to name some things that are holy, you might suggest that G-d is holy, life is holy, and the Torah is holy.  But then if I asked you for a definition of what the word “holy” means, you might feel less confident about your…

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On Healing: Parasha Tazria

Tazria is a very interesting Torah portion because it discusses the disease of the skin called Tzaraat which really is considered to be a physical manifestation of a spiritual state of the afflicted individual.  The person who is afflicted with tzaraat is taken to the Kohen, the priest.  The priest…

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On Shame: Parasha Shemini

Several years ago I had a conversation with an individual who had been accepted into the Chaplaincy Corps for the City of Lincoln.  He had been admitted based on his background check, letters of recommendation, past experience working as a spiritual leader, and his interview by a board of chaplains…

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