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Shemini – “The Eighth”

Passover is approaching, and once again we will recite The Hallel. Of the psalms that make up The Hallel, I’ve really come to enjoy Psalm 114. The parting of the Red Sea, the encounter with God at Mt. Sinai, and the crossing of the Jordan are described pictorially, and almost humorously; “the mountains skipped like rams, the hills like lambs.”

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Shemini – “Eighth”

The name of this week’s Parasha is Shemini, which means “Eighth”, and it takes us from Leviticus 9:1 through 11:47.  Moses summoned Aaron, his sons, and the Israeli elders on the 8th day after the 7 days of ordination for Aaron and his sons were completed.  Aaron was instructed to sacrifice for himself an unblemished bull calf for a sin

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Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s parasha is entitled, “Shemini,” which translates as “Eighth.”   This “eighth” refers to the 8th day of the consecration ceremony for Aaron and his sons, which was covered in our parasha commentary two weeks ago.  Parasha Shemini covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha is the last parasha in the month of Nisan. In Chapter 9, Aaron, and his sons, who have been consecrating themselves

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Shemini – “The Eighth Day”

Today’s Parasha is entitled Shemini meaning “the Eighth day”, and covers Leviticus chapters 9-11.  In these chapters Aaron begins his ministry to the people, his sons come into the presence of God burning a sacrifice not prescribed for, we are instructed to not drink fermented drink before entering Gods presence, and we are given dietary laws. Beginning in Leviticus 9,

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Tzav-Shemini – “Command-The Eighth”

This week’s parasha is a double-portion, entitled Tzav and Shemini, covering Leviticus 6:8 through 11:47. Tzav means “command” because Adonai commanded Moses how various offerings were to be carried out. And in turn, Moses commanded Aaron and his sons how to carry out their priestly duties. Shemini, means "the eighth," referring to the eighth day of the inauguration of the

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Shemini – “Eighth”

This week’s Torah portion is titled Shemini, or in English, Eighth. It covers Leviticus 9:1-11:47. This parasha continues from the previous parasha, Tzav, where Aaron and his sons were installed into the priesthood with a highly structured seven-day installment ceremony. This parasha begins on the eighth day after this ceremony. It starts with Moses instructing Aaron and his sons in

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