Our portion this week opens with God telling Moses to tell Aaron to mount seven lamps in front of the Tabernacle in order to bring light, and Moses himself is then instructed to cleanse the Levites with the water of purification, and ask them to shave the whole bodies and wash their clothes in preparation for the special role.
To become a Nazirite seems a holy choice: to dedicate yourself to God and abstain from intoxicants and hair-cutting. Yet in Parashat Naso the ritual for ending a period of Nazirite living includes bringing a sin offering – so what was the sin in this period of ‘holy’ living?
Rabbi Henry G. Brandt z”l 1927-2022
It is with much sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of our alumnus, one of Leo Baeck College’s first graduates, Henry Brandt.
Oxford Three Faiths Encounter
At Wycliffe Hall, Oxford
Thursday morning march 24th – Sunday march 27th 2022
The story of Joseph, the main protagonist of this week’s Torah portion, Vayeshev, is a good exemplar of the impact of this self-righteous streak of human nature on our lives.