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Shmini deals with two fundamental facets of human existence: death and food. We open with the ceremony celebrating the priestly ordination of Aaron and his sons, marked by a series of animal offerings. Then comes the death of Nadab and Ab...

Posted on 29 March 2019, By Meira Ben-Gad

This week’s parasha addresses the problem of political legitimacy. How does Moses establish the legitimacy of the priestly family? In Pekudei we read that on the first day of the first month of the second year, Moses set up the Mishkan ...

Posted on 29 March 2019, By Mike Fenster

And so we arrive at the third book of the Torah, originally known as The Book of the Priests for its concern with the rituals that bring us all, not just the Cohanim, closer to God. The early chapters are particularly administrative – n...

Posted on 15 March 2019, By Nick Gendler