Torah Reading — 29 Nisan 5779 — 4 May 2019

Achrei Mot: Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30 אחרי מותפרשת  It all adds up A major portion of this week’s sidra recurs in the Torah readings on Yom Kippur morning and afternoon since it describes the atonement procedure in the Temple in ancient days. A second link with the High Holydays comes with a piece of rabbinic mathematics. The…

Torah Reading — 6 Iyar 577 — 11 May 2019

Kedoshim: Leviticus 17:1 – 20:27 פרשת קדשים Concealing the commandments The problem of how to begin a speech is hinted at in the Midrash on the K’doshim reading, when it informs us (Lev. 19:1-2) that the entire people of Israel is being addressed, every group, every section, every tribe. And why? Rabbi Chiyya explained that this reading lists…