Author Archives: Rabbi Elie Abadie M.D.

Bamidbar-Shabuot – Thought on the Perasha

Almost invariably, Perashat Bemidbar is read the Shabbat before the Holiday of Shabuot. In fact, our Sages set it that way for a reason. The Midrash comments that the Torah was given amidst three things: באש – fire, במים – water and במדבר – desert. Therefore, they set the reading of Perashat Bemidbar the Shabbat […]

Behar-Behukotay – Thoughts on the Perasha

The concept of crime and punishment is an age old one. Can society survive on the honor system or there should be a system where violators are punished and suffer the consequences of their actions? The philosophy behind such a system is that there should be justice in society and forewarning to individuals so law […]

Emor – Thoughts on the Perasha

Spiritual leaders are always held in high esteem. Believed to be the servant of G-d A-mighty, a higher standard is attributed to them. Especially Priests – those that participate in the Divine Service of the Temple had a specific set of rules and laws that required them to maintain a particular responsibility and to maintain […]

Emor – Perasha Synopsis

The Perasha begins with a directive from Hashem telling the Kohanim, whose Divine Service places upon them a particular responsibility, to maintain higher standards of holiness and purity. As part of that holiness the Kohanim were exhorted to protect themselves from any “contamination” or “impurity” and if they become, they must withdraw from all aspects […]

Ahare-Kedoshim – Thoughts on the Perasha

The two Perashot that we read this week, highlight some of the commandments which have helped to define the Jewish people and have contributed to the general moral and ethical fiber of the entire civilized world. We are enjoined to become Kedoshim – Holy, by acting in a proper fashion and by avoiding certain behavior. […]

Ahare-Kedoshim – Perasha Synopsis

This week we read two Perashot. Perashat Ahare revisits the death of Aharon’s sons Nadab and Abihu, who died in a previous chapter for bringing a foreign fire into the Tabernacle. This perasha connects their deaths to the Yom Kippur service, and their entry into a forbidden area of the Tabernacle.  The service for Yom […]

Tazria-Messora (Tahor) – Thoughts on the Perasha

Jewish Tradition does not believe in coincidence. We believe that every event and its timing has a meaning. Of course, most of the time we are not able to understand the relationship of different events happening either together or around the same time. Instead, we attempt to explain the juxtaposition of events based on our […]

Tazria-Messora (Tahor) – Perasha Synopsis

Perashat Tazria discusses the laws of different forms of “spiritual impurity” brought upon by physical changes.  If a woman gives birth to a male or a female child, she enters into a period of “impurity” of different determination. Following the completion of this period the new mother begins the process of “cleansing”. At the conclusion […]