Monday, June 13, 2016

Naso - Reconstructionist

Numbers 4:21−7:89

Rabbi Howard Cohen for Jewish Reconstructionist Communities

Holy Isolation

In this week's Torah portion, Naso, we learn about the Nazir, the person whose chooses a life style even more disciplined than that of the Kohanim (high priests). "God to spoke to Moshe: Speak to the Israelites and say to them: When anyone, man or woman, makes the express resolve to take the vow of Nazir ...[so that] all the days of his nazirship he is holy to God" (Numbers 6:1-2, 8). What is the Nazir and what relevance does this have to us today?

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