Monthly Archives: November 2016

Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5777–Shabbat E-Drash–Calculating our age. There is still time!

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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Parshat Vayera 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Talk to Me Dad!

Some call it the binding of Isaac, some the sacrifice of Isaac. In Hebrew, we all call it Akeidat Yitzchak, the “Akeidah.” That does technically mean—the binding. But thinking deeply about the story and about the human relationships, there was … Continue reading

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Shabbat Lech Lecha 5777–Shabbat Torah Study– Journey to Blessings

And so the journey begins. “Lech L’cha…” Avram and Sarai are told. Genesis 12:1. God uses a lot of words for what should be a simple instruction. Instead of God just saying “Lech” – “Go” to Eretz Yisrael, God says: … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parshat Noach 5777–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom–A Spiritual Voyage

What do we make of the Ark in the flood story? It is certainly the tool used to save that portion of creation that God chooses to perpetuate. It is the singular place of safety in a stormy sea. In … Continue reading

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