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This week's parsha

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Words Are Real

This week's Parshah discusses the avoidance of slander or gossip, Loshan Hora.  It may sound blatantly obvious that a community will function better without gossip, slander and telling tales.  Why did the Torah need to tell us?  Yet like so many other things, if we take an honest look around us, we do need to be reminded about these values.

I was once at a synagogue where the rabbi got up and said that his dream was to create a community where nobody spoke slander or gossip, nobody spoke badly of anyone else.  At the time it sounded rather simplistic and naïve, but on reflection it is a profound notion –- so many other problems which stem from malicious gossip, rumors, slander etc. can be avoided by cutting out the slander or gossip.

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In our journey through life we have many different kinds of experience.  Some are happy and boisterous; some are more somber; some are just dogged day-to-day getting through what has to be done; some are serene and moving; some are inspiring.

According to Jewish teaching, through all this, at every step of our lives, we have an important relationship with the Infinite, with G-d the Creator and Inner Life of the Universe.  Much of the time we may be completely unaware of this relationship.  The joys or the worldly desperations of the moment hide it from us.  At other times, there may be some kind of hint of recognition.

Read more: Recognitions

And Aaron Was Silent

In the course of life sometimes startling and shocking events take place.  Some might be close at hand, affecting people we know.  Yet we learn how to respond to such tragedies from our sacred Torah, which tells of events happening thousands of years ago, and of responses which are eternally relevant.

In this week's Torah reading (Leviticus chapters 9-11) a very unexpected and tragic event is described.  At the moment of the final consecration of the Sanctuary, two of Aaron's sons were killed.  Without consulting Moses, they let themselves be overcome by their enthusiasm and had come too close to the infinite power of the Divine which was revealed in the Holy of Holies.  In effect, they died as a result of their own unbridled ecstasy.

Read more: And Aaron Was Silent

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Date: Feb 16 '19
Sponsor: Regina Novak
In honour of my husband Morris Novak (AH) yahrzeit

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