Thoughts on the weekly parasha

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Tetzaveh – A thought for the week by Mike Lewis

In 1603 CE, in Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, Polonius states that “apparel oft proclaims the man”. Even earlier, in 1500 CE, Erasmus wrote, as part of his Adages, “ornamental clothing makes the man” This week we are given the details of the elaborate costume which the Cohen Gadol is to wear. This is elaborated in the [...]

By |2019-02-14T12:04:44+00:00February 14th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Mishpatim – A thought for the week by Mike Lewis

Last week, in Parasha Yitro, we read the Aseret Hadibrot, the “ten utterances” or general principles. Now, this week, in Mishpatim come the details, what is to become “Torah min Hashamayim “or “Torah mi Sinai” The word “Torah” is untranslatable. It means different things that only appear together in the book with that name, Torah [...]

By |2019-02-01T11:34:59+00:00February 1st, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Yitro – A thought for the week by Mike Lewis

The Sedra starts with God outlining the terms of the covenant that is being proposed, that is, to become” A kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”  What is being offered here is not a contract, seeking mutual interests, but a bond of loyalty and trust. Contracts are all about “Me” and “You”; covenants are [...]

By |2019-01-25T09:42:54+00:00January 25th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Bo – A thought for the week by Mike Lewis

This week we will read the last of the plagues, the instruction from God to establish a calendar, based on the moon cycles, to carry out the Passover sacrifice of roasted meat, matzo, and bitter herb. We are commanded to wear tefillin. Wow- only a few more commandments to learn, all 613 in due course! [...]

By |2019-01-11T10:03:39+00:00January 11th, 2019|Uncategorised|0 Comments