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Tamar Runyan is a writer and editorial assistant for the chabad.org news team. She lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with her husband and six precocious children, for whom she enjoys baking Torah portion-themed desserts to end Shabbat meals with a little extra Torah sweetness.
This week’s Torah portion discusses what makes an animal kosher. A land animal must both chew its cud and have split hooves; a water creature must have both fins and scales. Decorate these cupcakes to look like kosher fish with fins and scales. Ingredient...
The double portion begins with G-d speaking to Moshe on Mount Sinai about the laws of the Sabbatical year. Rashi explains that just like these laws were explained at Sinai, so too all the general laws and details of all the commandments were explained at ...
After learning about the special garments worn by the High Priest in the book of Exodus, we are now told that when Aaron – the first High priest – enters the Holy of Holies on Yom Kippur, he should wear the four white linen garments (the tunic, pants, sas...
This week’s Torah portion discusses what makes an animal kosher. A land animal must both chew its cud and have split hooves; a water creature must have both fins and scales. But while there are species of mammals that chew their cud and do not have split ...
At first glance, the first verse in this week’s Torah portions seems to need some editing: “G-d said to Moses: Speak to the priests, Aharon’s sons, and say to them…” G-d seems to be telling Moses to speak and say something. It’s sort of like a kid asking,...
The laws of Tzara’at – a ritual impurity manifesting in a person’s skin turning white and hair falling out, or the appearances of his clothes or house changing – are discussed in this week’s Torah portion. Moses Maimonides, known as the Rambam, described ...
In this week’s Torah portion, we continue to learn about the various sacrifices that were introduced to us last week, but from the perspective of the priests who were commanded (Tzav literally means command) to do all the work in the Temple. First off, G-...
This week’s Torah portion begins: “And He called to Moses and G-d spoke to him from the Tent of Meeting...” But what my three oldest sons remember about that verse is the honey. And that’s more than okay for me. When a Jewish boy turns three years old, he...
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