Monthly Archives: November 2014

Pekudei 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–The body is a Temple and the Temple is a body

This Shabbat we learn with Rabbi Aaron Bergman who has recently returned from our Synagogue trip to Israel. His subject will be, “The body is a Temple, and the Temple is a body: The Cosmic Architecture of the Human Form.” … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayikra 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–It Should Be No Sacrifice to Develop Your Closeness with God

This Shabbat we begin reading the book called Vayikra and as the first Parasha of that book, it bears its name. It’s Latin name of Leviticus—“relating to the Levites” tells you what is to come.   Reading through detailed lists of … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei 5775–Shabbat Torah Study– Ladder as Metaphor

This week’s Parasha begins with a famous, mystical dream. You remember don’t you? Jacob is about to begin the journey that will define his life. He leaves his home and family. He camps for a night and there dreams of … Continue reading

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Shabbat Toldot 5775 —Shabbat Torah Study– Parenting and Candor

Being a parent can be challenging at times and the Torah does not spare us from that reality. We read that Eisav’s marriage to Hittite woman was a source of bitterness to Rivka and Yitzchak (Gen. 26:35). We read that … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5775–Shabbat E-Drash–How Old Are You Really?

In this week’s Parasha we have another one of those seeming redundancies in the Torah from which our Sages derive additional meaning. In Genesis 24:1, we read of Avraham that he “was old [zakeyn], well on in years [ba-b’yamim]” literally … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parshat Vayera 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–Can we find purpose in adversity? Meaning? Opportunity?

You may have parsed this week’s Torah portion—or at least one of its highlights– more than any other in the Torah. You see it is the Parsha that contains the Torah Reading for Rosh Hashanah. But Vayera contains so much … Continue reading

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Parashat Lech Lecha 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–Where are you going?

The journey to peoplehood continues in this week’s Parasha. Is there a message in it for us? Avraham and Sarah were perhaps the first Jewish missionaries, not just preaching ethical monotheism and morality to the idolaters of Aram and Charan, … Continue reading

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