This week’s Torah portion is a double reading. The first section is called Tazria which means “to conceive” as in: “A woman who becomes pregnant . . .” The second selection is called Metzora which means “diseased,” as in: “These are the regulations for any diseased person . . .” (Leviticus 14:2). The Jewish sages teach that these portions, which are read on the same Sabbath on most years, have a deep connection. But what could possibly be the connection between giving birth and being diseased?
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Mayor Nir Barkat invites you to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem. Listen to the voices of modern day Jerusalem as they share why they love this sacred city.
The Jewish sages teach that if the Bible had not been given over to man, we would have learned many virtues from His creations. For example, we would have learned faithfulness from a dog. Perseverance from an ant. Creativity from a spider. While God did give us the Bible, we can still benefit from observing His wondrous creatures. Here’s what we can learn from a simple crab. . .
Yael shares how recent tragedies around the world impacted her family’s Passover seder, and how Fellowship friends are responding to these huge needs.
For the first time ever, an induction ceremony was held for 11 soldiers with developmental disabilities who will serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Their parents and loved ones gathered around as the young graduates from a special needs school in central Israel were sworn in on Monday.
Perhaps you have wondered why the holiday is called Passover. Sure, we know that the name comes from the plague of the firstborn when the angel of death “passed over” the houses of the Israelites marked with the blood of a sacrificed lamb and only took the Egyptians’ firstborns. But that’s just one of the many acts of God in the story of the Exodus. Why not call the holiday after the more glamorous miracle of the sea parting? Or maybe we could have called it “Exodus,” which captures just about the entire story. Why Passover?
The Fellowship's Ami Farkas writes about the importance of passing along the meaning of Passover - and in turn passing along faith - to the next generation.
When it’s cold outside, there’s nothing quite as warming and comforting as a roaring fire. But as anyone who has ever tried to light such a fire can attest, creating those picturesque fires is not so easy. If you simply set a lit match to logs, not much will happen. You first need to light smaller, more combustible elements like paper or tinder, and once they catch fire, it’s just a matter of time before the whole pile of logs is caught up in flames. Learn what spiritual lessons can be found in this process in today's devotional.
In these difficult times of serious threats and constant discord, Yael offers biblical words of hope.
If there’s one word we hear just about every day, it is our name. However, every time our name is said, it doesn’t always carry the same meaning. Let’s say your name is Jane. There’s the “Jane” that is said sweetly and means “I love you.” Then there is the “Jane” that is said sternly and means “You’re in big trouble!" So what did it mean when God kept calling Moses by name? And what does it mean when he calls us by name?