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The key to Jewish survival
Parashat Pinchas, Numbers 25:10-30:1 When the Torah counts the Jewish people in this week’s Parsha (Pinchas), each family is counted individually. When the Torah says the name of each family, it pr...
Jul 12, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
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When a curse is transformed into a prayer
Parashat Balak, Numbers 22:2-25:9 What would we find in the Torah were we to open it up and look through its pages? Many would suggest we’d find “prayers.” As it happens, there are actually very fe...
Jul 05, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend
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The importance of acceptance
Parashat Chukat, Numbers 19:1-22:1 In the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, we break from the historical narrative of the Jewish people wandering in the desert. The Torah pauses to tell us a ...
Jun 28, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 36 36 recommendations | email to a friend
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A new sheriff in town? Not so fast
Parshat Korach, Numbers 16:1–18:32 Since the beginning of recorded time there have always been political challenges to the leadership and the establishment of every society and institution. Moses a...
Jun 22, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend
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Where there is no leader, strive to be a leader
Parashat Sheleach, Numbers 13:1-15:41 In the first aliyah of this week’s parshah Shelach Lecha, God speaks to Moses telling him to “send men … everyone a leader among them” to spy upon the land. Th...
Jun 14, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
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Seeking the right kind of leader
Parashat Beha'alotcha, Numbers 8:1-12:16 The Jewish people seemed poised for entry into the Promised Land when suddenly, “the nation became a group of kvetchers, complaining evilly in the ears of t...
Jun 07, 2017 | 0 0 comments | 64 64 recommendations | email to a friend
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The sweetness of slow-rising bread, Bo, Exodus 10:1-13:16
by Rabbi Sharyn Henry
Jan 29, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
A few weeks ago I came upon a bread recipe that was making its way around the Internet. The recipe was being lauded for its simplicity — it uses flour, water, yeast and salt, and for its ease — you...
Let’s teach our kids gratitude, reciprocation, Vayare
by CH(COL) Nosson Sachs 99th Regional Support Command
Jan 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 45 45 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s very curious that Aaron performed the first three plagues in Egypt rather than Moshe. G-d instructed Moshe to have Aaron turn the waters of the Nile, as well as most of the other water in Egyp...
‘Who am I?’ Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1
by Rabbi Chuck Diamond
Jan 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend
Moses, while tending his father-in-law’s flock in the wilderness, comes to Horeb and an angel of the Lord appears to him in a blazing fire out of a bush. We are taught that the bush is a thorn bush...
Blessings no simple thing, Vayechi Genesis 47:28 50:26
by Rabbi Daniel Kripper
Jan 07, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 38 38 recommendations | email to a friend
Jacob, now nearing his death, gathers his sons around him to address them before he dies. This final testimony is often referred to as Birkat Yaakov (the Blessing of Jacov), in accordance with the ...
God as source of light, Miketz, Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 28:9-15
by Rabbi Stephen E. Steindel
Dec 24, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
Synagogue attendees know that it is rare that more than one Torah scroll is taken from the Holy Ark. A special event such as a High Holiday or Festival is marked by the presentation of two scrolls ...
The Joseph Story, Vayeishev, Genesis 37:1-40:23
by David H. Aaron
Dec 17, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
Four parashiyot, or weekly readings, cover the Joseph story, the longest single narrative in the Book of Genesis. They treat general literary and ideological issues that are prominent in the Joseph...
Both brothers deserved love, Vayishlach, Genesis 32:4-36:43
by Rabbi Martin Shorr
Dec 10, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 52 52 recommendations | email to a friend
Our Torah portion this week hits home with the importance of love, honor, respect and loyalty — all relevant words to the most important institution granted to us by G-d: the family. The old expres...
Jacob’s ladder a metaphor for growth, VaYetzeh, Genesis 28: 10-32:3
by Rabbi Eli Seidman
Dec 03, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
The Torah tells us that when Jacob stayed overnight at Beth El, he had a dream. In this dream, he saw a ladder and that G-d was at the top of the ladder. “And he dreamed, and behold, a ladder set u...
In trying times, let G-d in, Parashat Toldot
by Beth Jacowitz Chottiner
Dec 01, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 44 44 recommendations | email to a friend
A family of four walked into a kosher deli. Everyone placed an order with the father ordering a corned beef sandwich on rye and a Cel-Rey — a flavor of Dr. Brown’s soda. A few minutes later, the wa...
Throw away the junk mail, Chayyei Sarah;Genesis 23:1 - 25:20
by Cantor Richard Berlin
Nov 19, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 49 49 recommendations | email to a friend
We all will die. It is a natural part of living, the same as birth is essential to life. This is our lot. What makes the difference is what we do between birth and death. Years ago, I was puzzled a...