Please join us at our Block Party on March 9th to celebrate and cheer on our runners in the LA Marathon!!! We will have music, food and great fun. Our booth is located at the corner of Santa Monica and Selby at the Firestone store!! I want to thank all of the runners, trainers and supporters. I also want to give a shout out to Stephanie Cullen for her amazing attention to detail and running the marathon also this year!!
Also, on March 15 at 6:30pm at Beit T'Shuvah we will be having our annual Purim Spiel & celebration- an event you won't want to miss.
This week's Parsha is Vayikra. This translates to and He called. This is the first Parsha in the third Book of Torah, Leviticus. In Hebrew it is called, Vayikra.
In this Book are the laws about sacrifices. Many of us today don't really understand what Korbanot/Sacrifices are in our tradition. We think that we have to choose between doing something we like/want and some archaic obligation. This is not the case. In Hebrew, Korban has within it the root word, Korov, which means to draw near. The whole purpose of the sacrificial system was to help people continue to draw near to God and each other in good times and bad times.
What is your definition of sacrifice? To what/whom do you draw near?
We are taught about drawing near to God daily and since we have no Temple, we do this through Prayer. T'Fillah has replaced the sacrificial system in Judaism. This is why Prayer is not petitionary in our Tradition. Just as the Sacrifices were instituted to draw us near to God, so too is Prayer used for this reason. Prayer is our time to see what separates us from God, others and our own purpose/higher self.
How do you use Prayer? Are you still seeing God as rewarder and punisher? Do you have an adult relationship with God, parents, friends, or are you still living personalities over principles?
One of the sacrifices we learn about is the Guilt Offering. This is an interesting one to/for me. It happens when I have made a mistake and either I realize it after I have denied/been oblivious to it and/or when someone brings it to my attention. I then have to stop denying my errors and see my humanity and the humanity of others. I have to restore dignity to both of us! I do this through T’Shuvah and then I have to do T’Shuvah with God as well.
How often do you automatically deny any wrongdoing on your part without even considering how your actions impacted another? Do you make "guilt offerings" through T’Shuvah or do you just say sorry to get the heat off?