Monthly Archives: December 2013

Shabbat Parshat Vaera 5774–Don’t Piss Away an Opportunity to Show Respect

This week’s Parasha provides a very important lesson about showing respect when criticizing others — even evil and incorrigible individuals. Moshe and Aaron first simply ask Pharaoh to let our people leave. This does not go particularly well. But before … Continue reading

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Parshat Shemot 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Who are the people who shaped your life and destiny?

Rabbi Rachel Shere, Ruth Bergman and Melissa Ser are inspirational and engaging teachers of Torah knowledge, wisdom and literature at Adat Shalom. This e-drash is dedicated to them. Read on and you will see why. We begin Shemot and are … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayechi 5774–Adat Shalom Shabbat Torah Study–Joseph’s Generosity or Revenge?

Following Jacob’s death, the brothers fear Joseph will finally get his revenge, that only respect for their father kept Joseph from exacting punishment. The brothers even make up a story that on his deathbed, Jacob had instructed that a message … Continue reading

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Parshat VaYigash 5774–Ruth Bergman Shabbat Torah Study–All for the Best

In this week’s Parasha, Joseph finally reveals himself to his brothers after the drama of the Benjamin/goblet frame up. Joseph has the most exquisite opportunity to settle the score with his brothers after what they did to him and to … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chanukah / Miketz 5774–Shabbat at Adat Shalom Torah Study–Put Your Dreams into Action

Joseph was a very special person indeed. Our sages say he had the 3 gifts of a true leader. Having just one of the gifts would be a blessing, but having all 3 gave him the ability to be a … Continue reading

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Parashat Vayashev 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Ruth Bergman–Thank You God. Baruch HaShem. God willing

After being sold by his brothers, Joseph was taken to Egypt and purchased as a slave by Potiphar. The Parasha relates that Potiphar’s success improved as he put Joseph in charge of different projects, We read that God was with … Continue reading

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Vayishlach 5774–SYNergy Shabbat at Adat Shalom–Live Your Judaism Proudly

As Jacob prepares to meet Esau, the Torah says that Jacob took his wives and his eleven sons across the river. Genesis 32:23. Benjamin was not born yet, so the reference to 11 sons was correct, but what of his … Continue reading

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