Sharon L. Wechter

Cloud and Fire

D'Var Torah By: Sharon L. Wechter

Focal Point When Moses had finished the work, the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the Presence of God filled the Tabernacle. Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting because the cloud had settled upon it and the Presence of Adonai filled the Tabernacle. When the cloud lifted...

B'tzelem Elohim, "In God's Image"

D'Var Torah By: Sharon L. Wechter

FOCAL POINT God now said, "Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness; and let them hold sway over the fish of the sea and the birds of the sky, over the beasts, over all the earth, over all that creeps upon the earth." So God created...

Why Sacrifice?

D'Var Torah By: S. David Sperling

Parashat Vayikra opens the Book of Leviticus, arguably the book of the Torah strangest to modern readers. Vayikra devotes five entire chapters to the sacrificial slaughter of animals. Especially strange is the notion expressed in chapters four and five that specific sins require the sacrifice of specific animals. What sense...