Parashat Emor

Catch the Rhythm

The Jewish holidays can help those on the periphery gain access to the rhythm of Jewish life.

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In other words, the holidays God provided give us the best access points for people to enter the community, to demonstrate how inclusive is the Jewish community, and to underscore their sacredness in the midst of a less than sacred world. Guests in the sukkah. Friends and neighbors around the Seder table. Contained in these holidays--when shared properly--are the values which draw people to the community. The rhythm follows.

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Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky

Rabbi Kerry M. Olitzky is executive director of the Jewish Outreach Institute and the author of numerous books about Jewish spirituality.