Author Archives: Paul Magy

Parshat Eikev 5778–Shabbat Torah Study in the D– Awareness

What does God ask of each us? “…only to fear God….” Moses tells us. (Deuteronomy 10:12). Could it be that simple? Maybe it depends on what “fear” means to you. Moses is definitely not suggesting that we go through life … Continue reading

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Parshat Pinchas 5778–Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study in the D — Real Leadership

The stress and pressure of quality leadership can be daunting. It is only manageable because of love and dedication for the mission, the purpose or the people. Knowing that you are leading people in a positive direction that will help … Continue reading

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Parshat Korach 5778 –Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom Synagogue– Argue at Your Own Risk

Do Jews ever argue? With the popular expression—“2 Jews, 3 opinions” or “The only thing 2 Jews can agree on is how much money the third Jew should give to charity,” it seems clear that even we perceive ourselves as … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parshat Naso 5778–Shabbat Torah Study–Imitation Can Be a Good Thing

Torah Quiz Time: Which is the longest single sedrah in the Torah? You guessed correctly. It is the sedrah we read this week: Naso, the second of the parshiyot in the Book of Bamidbar–Numbers. It contains many interesting subjects including … Continue reading

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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5778–Shabbat Torah Study — What does it mean to be holy?

The essence and framework, perhaps the prime directive, of our faith is contained in this week’s Torah Reading. We are all commanded to be Kadosh—Holy!. Leviticus 19:2. But what is holiness? Our sages have a variety of ways to understand … Continue reading

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Parshat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor 5778–Shabbat Torah Study–See the Light and Be the Light

This week’s Parasha Tetzaveh contains the instruction for the Ner Tamid—the so-called “eternal light.” The light of the Ner Tamid symbolizes God’s eternal and imminent presence. We cannot see light. We only recognize light because of what it allows us … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chanukah 5778–Parashat Miketz–Shabbat Torah Study–Joseph and Chanukah

Chanukah has so many important meanings and messages. For table conversation this Shabbat, try to think of as many as you can. Perhaps reward the child (of any age) who can think of the most. Try to include in the … Continue reading

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