Monthly Archives: December 2013

Vayeitzei 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Drawing Strength From Within

Jacob finally arrives in Haran fourteen years after fleeing home to avoid Esau’s revenge. His mission now is to fulfill his parents’ instructions to find a wife among his mother’s people. On arrival and waking from the famous ladder dream, … Continue reading

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Shabbat Toldot 5774–What are your standards? Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom with Ruth Bergman

When Eisav decided at age 40 that he needed to settle down, he married 2 Hittite women. Eisav knew that Zayde Avraham had prohibited marriage to Canaanites. The Hittites were idol worshippers. After all the trouble that Avraham went to … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5774–Measuring the Value of Life–Adat Shalom Torah Study

The name of this week’s Parasha is Chayei Sarah—Sarah’s Life. This is ironic since the Parasha actually begins with Sarah’s death. Is it ironic though? How can we tell or evaluate the true meaning of a life until it is … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayera 5774–Adat Shalom Shabbat Torah Study with Ruth Bergman– What Is True Greatness?

This week’s Parasha continues the story of Avraham, Sarah, Hagar, Ishmael, Isaac. These are hugely complex relationships and ones that the Torah does not gloss over. Our patriarchs and matriarchs are not perfect. In this way we are taught that … Continue reading

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Lech Lecha 5774 Shabbat Torah Study–Your Jewish Future Depends on It

Lech Lecha was the beginning of Avram’s journey leading to the “founding” of what would become the Jewish people. He and Sarai left the comforts of home to a new place they did not know. Leaving behind the known for … Continue reading

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Parshat Noach 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Rocking the Boat

My dear friends, this is the Flood Story Parasha. Did you know that theTorah tells us that the flood did not just come from the rains (yes, 40 days and 40 nights), but from the earth too. Genesis 7:11. In … Continue reading

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Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Shabbat Torah Study 5774– Oh won’t you stay, just a little bit longer….

I really like Shemini Atzeret. You may wonder why. I will tell you even if you are not wondering. Shemini Atzeret is its own holiday. It is not the 8th day of Sukkot, though some may think that. During the … Continue reading

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