Monthly Archives: March 2013

Shabbat HaGadol 5773–Parshat Tzav–Shabbat Torah Study–Plan Your Journey Well

This is Shabbat HaGadol. What I like best is not why we call it Shabbat HaGadol, but what tradition asks us to do on it. The Pesach Seder is so important on so many levels that we make sure that … Continue reading

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Parshat Vayikra 5773–Shabbat Torah Study–Nothing Like a Barbecue to Feel Close to God

In Vayikra, we leave the narrative stories of B’raysheet and Shemot and now enter the third of our Chamisha Chumshei Torah for a detailed recitation of the rituals of the sacrifices and the laws of the priestly class—thus the name … Continue reading

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Parshiyot Vayakhel & Pekudei 5772–Shabbat Torah Study–It Is Not What You Have That Matters

Every aspect of the Mishkan, our portable Tabernacle/Temple before we entered the holy land, was designed with great detail and to exacting specifications. We read them once in Parashat Terumah and then again in this week’s Parasha. Only one piece … Continue reading

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Parashat Ki Tisa–Adat Shalom’s Shabbat Torah Study–Don’t Have a Cow

This week’s Parasha includes the incident of the golden calf. It is one of the most difficult stories to explain, but that may largely be because we don’t like it and work to find excuses and explanations for it. On … Continue reading

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Parshat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor 5773–Shabbat Torah Study–Remember Who You Are and Who God Wants You to Be

This is Shabbat Zachor. We are commanded to remember to blot out the memory of Amalek and not to forget. We are not to forget to remember and remember not to forget. Confused? Why would we want to remember utter … Continue reading

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