Though the book of Leviticus often carries a reputation of distaste and irrelevance, it also bears essential teachings about our people's wisdom on how to draw close to God. In this week's parashah, a single letter can teach us about our holy relationship with the Holy One.
Contrary to popular belief, Reform Judaism does believe in obligations, particularly moral imperatives central to our tradition. Among these is the obligation to care for the most vulnerable of society; today, refugees fall into this category. We have a Jewish duty to care for refugees even and especially when our national government refuses to do so.
In honor of the first yortzeit of Rabbi Dr. Eugene Borowitz, z''l, I've planned three sermons focusing on the three main relationships he outlines as essential to faithful Jewish life today. The third of the three focuses on our covenant with ourselves.
“To be effective, the preacher's message must be alive; it must alarm, arouse, challenge; it must be God's present voice to a particular people.”