Learn from Congregation B’nai Chaim: Parashat Shmini

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Rabbi Marc Rubenstein
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Rabbi Marc Rubenstein Special to Valley News The Torah portion Shmini, which is the 26th weekly Torah portion from Leviticus 9:1- 11:47, speaks of two stories. The first section’s theme is man’s rude behavior in serving God who called them to sacrifice. Nadab and Abihu defy God’s boundaries and do not give gratitude in sacrifice for what they have been given. There is no kindness in their service of God and man. The second half of the Torah portion covers keeping kosher and man’s kindness to animals. The theme of keeping kosher is simply setting boundaries on what you eat: the clean from the unclean. Also, setting boundaries between slaughtering an animal without pain or simply out of convenience. Expand these ideas to setting boundaries within ourselves, which is an
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