With two children and a baby on the way, there are numerous minor transgressions that occur in our home each and every day.
Rabbi Klein's commentary challenges us to make bitter human experiences into sweet ones. We clean up the ashes that mar our experience and forgive someone.
The portion Tzav in Leviticus describes the rituals of the burnt offering, the meal offering, the reparation offering, and the offering of well-being.
Our teacher Dr.
Annie LaMott, who writes on Christian spirituality, says that the two best prayers she knows are "Help me, help me, help me" and "Thank you, thank you, thank you" (Traveling Mercies: Some Thoug
Dr. Adler asks, "Are unintentional lapses that serious?" Inadvertent misconduct is a category understood by our ancestors.
Both The Torah: A Modern Commentary1 and The Torah: A Women's Commentary2 offer the following midrash for this week's portion pertaining to the sacr
The Hebrew word for Egypt, Mitzrayim is a combination of three Hebrew words, the translation of which is "from the narrow places." Our slavery is not relegated solely to the geographic lan
This week's portion continues the outline of the korbanot, "sacrifices," begun last week in Parashat Vayikra.
In many ways, Tzav's focus on the ritual offerings is all a preamble to the ordination rites for Aaron and his sons as priests and the dedication of the first sanctuary.
In reading Parashat Tzav just one week after reading Parashat Vayikra, one cannot help but notice how, on the surface, these two portions are nearly identical.
Even a cursory reading of Parashat Tzav draws one's attention to a question I have so often pondered: who laundered and dry-cleaned the priestly vestments? We read:
As a graduate of the Israeli rabbinic program at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, I am happy I had the chance to study during my senior year of school at our Cincinnati, Ohio campus.
Rabbi Marx wisely reclaims the power of ritual in her d’rash on Parashat Tzav.
My dad died this past summer. It was a good death. He was ninety-five years old, couldn't see or hear very well, and had a heart condition.
Rabbi Billy Dreskin provides a heartfelt tribute to his father and the many sacrifices of well-being that his father offered to him.
A young man comes to a rabbi and says, "Rabbi, I would like to study Talmud with you."
"Very nice," says the rabbi. "May I ask what background you have in Talmud?"
The custodian of our congregation is somewhat eccentric.