It is another double parshah this week! The parshiot this week are Acharei Mot, which means “after the death of” and can be found in Leviticus 16:1-19:1, and Kedoshim, which means “holy [ones]” and can be found in Leviticus 19:2-20:27.
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In Hebrew, the word “shalom” means three things: hello, goodbye and peace. With my time in undergrad coming to a close in less than two weeks, I could not think of a more apt word to describe my time at The Post.
This week is a double parshah, which means double the fun. The two parshiot are Tazria and Metzora which can be found in Leviticus 12:2 and Levitiucs 14:2 respectively. Tzaria means “conceives” and Metzora is translated as leper.
On the evening of Monday, April 17 Yom Hashoah will begin, the Israeli day of remembrance for the over six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. The year which is most commonly cited as the beginning of the Holocaust is 1933, meaning that we are now 90 years out from the beginning of the heinous genocide. Almost a century later, how should we be remembering the Holocaust? In this case, I believe that knowledge is the most powerful route to take.
We are now a little over a week into the Omer. The Omer is the 49 days between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot, and the counting of the days of the Omer begins on the second night of Passover. Because the Jewish calendar operates on a lunar calendar, the counting occurs in the evening, which is considered the beginning of the day.
Wednesday night began the holiday of Pesach or Passover. This holiday celebrates our escape from Egyptian slavery. With it, there’s many fun traditions, interesting foods and a plethora of songs. Also with Passover comes a retelling of this story in the parshah:
The Jewish holidays can carry mixed emotions for their observers. On the one hand, they are celebrations of Jewish triumph, but they can also be recognition of our transgressions or difficult times in Jewish history. Regardless, they are centered around integral pieces of our past as Jews, further connecting us to our ancestors. But, many Jewish holidays come with increased restrictions, making even a celebratory holy day a time of great stress. Such is the dilemma with Pesach, commonly known in English as “Passover.”
In case you missed it, Ye, the artist formerly known as Kanye West, posted what was likely supposed to be an apology to the Jewish community on his Instagram the other day. The post, which was the “21 Jump Street” theatrical release poster, was captioned in the familiar Ye style of run-on sentences that are broken up in the style of multiple paragraphs. As usual, there is a lot to dissect in Ye’s post, so let’s dive in.
This week’s parshah is “Vayikra,” which means “and He called”. It begins in Leviticus 1:1 and ends in Leviticus 5:26.
When I arrived at Ohio University, I became a lot of people’s “first Jew.” That is, the first Jewish person that someone has met. I know this because when I mention my Judaism, people often tell me, “I’ve never met a Jewish person before!” and begin to ask me questions excitedly. I have learned to find a lot of joy in being a “first Jew,” but one such interaction stands out to me above all the rest. In one of my first days of being a college student, I mentioned to a new friend that I was Jewish. To this she responded, “Oh! I love 'Fiddler on the Roof!'”
This week’s parshah is “Ki Tisa” which means “when you take.” It begins in Exodus 30:11 and ends in Exodus 34:35.
In the Jewish social media circles, primarily Twitter and Instagram, the question of whether or not Queen Esther was a victim has been a hot topic.
This week's parshah is “Tetzaveh” which means “command.” It begins in Exodus 27:20 and ends in Exodus 30:10.
The Jewish calendar operates on a lunar cycle, whereas the Gregorian calendar is based on a solar cycle. This is the reason why it seems like Jewish holidays like Rosh Hashanah or Passover come at different times every year. When we enter a new month, it is called Rosh Chodesh, which literally means “the head of the month.” A few days ago it was Rosh Chodesh Adar, the beginning of the Jewish month of Adar. Adar is a special month because of the holiday of Purim, which takes place on the 14th day of the month. Purim celebrates how a plot to kill all the Jews in Persia was thwarted, thanks to Queen Esther, who hid her Judaism from the king. The story of Purim is beautiful, and it is one of my favorite holidays.
This week’s parshah is Parshat Terumah, which means “offerings”. It begins in Exodus 25:1 and ends on 27:19.
There seems to be a never ending list of Nazi dog whistles. From things like Bored Ape Yacht Club (which is debatable) to HH/88, the list can feel like it stretches on forever. Like many marginalized groups, there has been somewhat of an effort for Jews to reclaim slurs or targeted language.
This week’s Parshah is Parshat Mishpatim, which means “ordinances.” This parshah begins in Exodus 21:1 and ends in Exodus 24:18.
Antisemitism is known as a hatred as old as time. Because of this, antisemitism is so ingrained into our culture that we may not even realize it. From characters in our favorite childhood movies to some common words or phrases we say every day, many things may have a surprising antisemitic origin or implication.
This week's parshah is Parshat Yitro. Yitro is the name of Moses' father-in-law. It begins in Exodus 18:1 and ends in 20:23. Yitro, whose name is sometimes written as "Jethro" in English, arrives from Midian to bring Moses' wife, Tzipporah and their two sons to the Israelite camp. Moses' family was separated because that was thought to be the safer option during the plagues and splitting of the sea.