Enough With These Baseless Stringencies!

Like the last few weeks, this week has an additional section read after the weekly Parsha. The reason for these supplements is usually because of their relevance to an upcoming occasion in that specific week. For example, last week we read Parshat Zachor, which is...

Impurity and Purity – 5766

In this week’s special Maftir we read of the Parah Adumah, the totally red cow that was burnt and the ashes were used to purify the person who was tamei met, who had become impure through contact with a dead body. (Bemidbar 19:1-22) The only way for such a person to...

Chained in the Reasoning Chain – 5765

In this week’s parsha (parshat Shemini) we read of the death of Aharon’s sons on the day of the inauguration of the altar. Then, as the “maftir”, we read parshat Para – the special instructions for the ritual purification required following contact with a human...