TTT: Emor 5771

May 3rd, 2011 by admin | Filed under TTT.

Torah Thoughts for Today
Shabbat Emor 5771
Rabbi Mark Mallach
Temple Beth Ahm Yisrael, Springfield, NJ
Osama bin Laden Post-Script Note
Our world remains on heightened alert for reprisal attacks over the justice delivered to Osama bin Laden, and also Islamic outrage over which many in the Muslim world have described is the improper burial of Osama bin Laden. Juxtapose and contrast what our government did for Osama bin Laden to the decapitation and mutilation of the body of Daniel Pearl!

Led by Rabbi Mark & Genya Mallach
October 23 – November 3, 2011
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There have been inquiries about the next potential congregation Israel tour, such an event depends on several factors:
1. When? Possible time-frames: February or March, 2012, Summer 2012
2. Having a nucleus of participants to make it viable – 20 adult minimum
3. Having a chairman to organize
If anyone is interested, please let me know and we can discuss the possibilities (NOTE: HAVE GOTTEN SEVERAL RESPONSES, INTEREST IS CLEARLY GROWING…)

May 7, 2011 – 3 Iyar 5771
Annual: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 (Etz Hayim, p. 717; Hertz p. 513)
Triennial: Leviticus 21:1 – 22:16 (Etz Hayim p. 717; Hertz p. 513)
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 – 31 (Etz Hayim p. 735; Hertz p. 528)
Prepared by Rabbi Joseph Prouser
Baldwin, New York
Much of parashat Emor is dedicated to the special obligations and elevated status of the Israelite priest, the kohain. Rashi emphasizes the hereditary nature of the priesthood by identifying the obligation for kohanim to instruct their children in these laws in the opening verses of this parashah. Reflecting the Jewish people’s preeminent concern with life and with godly behavior in this world – and perhaps as a reaction against the Egyptian preoccupation with funerary ritual and the afterlife – the kohain is forbidden direct contact with dead bodies, which are a source of ritual contamination. An exception is made only when the dead person is an immediate relative, and so the priest is a primary mourner.
The sanctity of the priest is also expressed through marital restrictions: the kohain is forbidden to marry either a divorced woman or a woman “defiled by harlotry.” The daughter of a kohain who engages in defiling sexual behavior, the Torah continues, thereby commits a capital offense, as her conduct impugns her father’s sanctity. The high priest’s even more restrictive obligations are detailed: he may not defile himself through contact with the dead even in order to mourn for his mother or father; he may marry only a virgin (not, for example, a widow).
A priest is precluded from offering sacrifices if he has any of a variety of physical deformities and blemishes – blindness, dwarfism, and other scars and injuries. Similarly, a kohain may not share in the “sacred donations” that are his priestly perquisites if he is in a temporary state of ritual impurity. A number of additional laws regulating the burnt offering and the sacrifice of thanksgiving are given as well. Parashat Emor continues by giving the schedule of the annual festivals and holy days; this calendar of observance is introduced by a repetition of the sacred nature of the weekly Sabbath. This chapter serves as the Torah reading for the second day of Passover and for both the first and second days of Succot.
In keeping with Emor’s priestly theme, Chapter 24 discusses kindling the menorah in the sanctuary, as well as the requirement that 12 loaves of bread be placed on the sanctuary table, together with aromatic frankincense.
The parashah concludes with the execution of a blasphemer and the establishment of blasphemy as a capital crime. Capital, as well as lesser, proportional punishments are also prescribed for homicide and for inflicting grievous injury on either human beings or livestock
Sparks for Discussion: The role of the Kohain – the Priest
“I, the Lord, have sanctified you through the priest who hallows you with his study and worship. Hence you must honor and hallow him even though he is dependent on your gifts for his living.” (Ketav Sofer)
“The kohain, like the Temple sanctuary and its sacrifices, is a symbol representing an idea, but not the representative of God upon earth, for this is meaningless. He represents the entirety of the community bearing the Torah, taking its place for the expression of its thoughts and feelings… The same idea seems to underlie the duty of honouring the kohain as the symbolic representative of the community.” (Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, Horeb)
Your thoughts are always welcome…


A. Friday, May 6th, 6:30 PM: ShabbaTis4U
1. 6:30 PM: Kabbalat Shabbat services led by Kitot Gimmel & Dalet
2. Kitah Gimmel Kabbalat Siddurim
3. May Birthday Blessings
4. Shabbat dinner with Israeli singing & dancing led by Tuvia
B. Saturday, May 7th, 9:30 AM: The Bat Mitzvah of Alyssa Wendolowski
C. Sunday, May 8th : Happy Mother’s Day
1. 8:55 AM: Morning Minyan
2. 9 AM: Religious School – don’t forget the Flower Sale
3. 7 PM: Community Yom HaZikaron (Israel’s Memorial Day) Commemoration, JCC – West Orange
4. 7:45 PM: Evening Minyan
D. Wednesday & Thursday, May 4th & 5th = Rosh Hodesh Iyar – MORNING MINYAN BEGINS AT 6:45 AM
E. Tuesday, May 10th, 4 – 9 PM: Community Yom Ha`Atzamut (Israel’s Independance Day) Celebration, Aidekman Campus, JFMW, Whippany, NJ
F. Wednesday, May 11th, 7:45 PM: Adult Bar/t Mitzvah Class – Exploratory Meeting with Rabbi Mallach – interested? Join us to see what it involves
G. Friday, May 13th :
1. 6:30 PM: Kid’s Kabbalat Shabbat Program
2. 8 PM: Late service – Rachel Coalition Shabbat
H. Tuesday, May 17th, 6:30 PM: Teen Institute Closing BBQ at Rabbi Mallach’s house – Kitah Zayin students are our invited special guests – Frisbees welcome
I. Thursday, May 19th:
1. 6 PM: Women’s League Donor Dinner
2. 7:45 PM: Torah on Tap
J. Sunday, May 22nd, 5 PM: “A Very Special Evening”
K. Wednesday, May 25th, 12:30 PM: Women’s Torah Study Group
L. Friday, June 10th:
1. 6:30 PM: President’s Dinner for Installation Shabbat – RSVP to:
2. 8:00 PM:
a. Installation Shabbat
b. Tribute to Martin Shindler, may his memory be for a blessing, a TBAY past-president

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