Monthly Archives: January 2014

Parshat Terumah 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Give till it feels good

This week’s Parasha describes the collection of the materials necessary to build the Mishkan, the portable Tabernacle in the wilderness and its various furnishings—the Table for the Showbreads, the Menorah, the Altar and, of course, the Ark. God instructs Moshe … Continue reading

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Parshat Mishpatim 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–They are all important, not just the big 10

We learned in school not to begin a sentence with the word “And,” yet the Torah does just that. The Parasha begins “V’eileh mishpatim”, literally “And these are the rules.” To what does the “And” refer? What came before it. … Continue reading

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Parshat Yitro 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–The Torah’s Top 10 List?

They say there are 613 Mitzvoth in the Torah—248 Positive (do’s) and 365 Negative (don’ts). Which are the most important of the Mitzvoth? Which is the most important Mitzvah? This week’s Parasha tells of “matan Torah,” the giving of the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Beshalach/Shabbat Shira 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Are You in the Top 1/5?

Many people have trouble with or fear change, but change is frequently necessary for progress and personal growth. There is an interpretation of Exodus 13:18 and the word “chamushim” which can mean that B’nai Yisrael left Egypt “armed” or that … Continue reading

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Parshat Bo 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Where Will Your Free Will Take You?

We often wonder about the tension between “free will” and destiny. Nowhere is this tension more clearly seen than in the Exodus story. “Let my people go,” Moses tells Pharaoh. Pharaoh might have relented in response to a number of … Continue reading

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