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Successfully working together

03/15/2018 02:42:49 PM

Mar15

Ellie Goldman

This week, we begin the book of Leviticus – Vayikra.  Each spring, as we leave behind the wild ride of family drama that is the story of our ancestors in Genesis and Exodus, I always find myself welcoming the structured monotony and legalese of Leviticus. Its clear authoritative voice is comforting to me, and I am relieved to hear in these weeks of Torah reading that someone – God – has a plan.
Vayikra opens with the instructions for sacrifice in the Mishkan (tabernacle). With each step and stage unfolds a powerful tool for the people to communicate with God. Surely, they too felt relieved by the idea of order in their chaotic world. The Israelites had left their home behind and were now attempting to travel in a group of absurd size through a harsh desert with little knowledge of what the future held.
Leviticus probably came at a good time for them as well. Vayikra is a reminder to us that order and structure are valuable, essential even, if we are to successfully work together with one another and in partnership with God.
Ellie Goldman is the Executive Director of Temple Shalom.

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