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Parashat Chayei Sara 5778–Torah Study–Ruth Bergman–The greatest value for a spouse–Hospitality

This week’s Parasha finds our patriarch Isaac a mate. Do you believe in a b’shayrt (predestined soul mate)? Do you believe in matchmaking? Would your parents have selected the spouse you chose (or may be choosing)? Would you have appreciated … Continue reading

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Shabbat Netzavim-Vayelech 5777–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom will feature Ruth Bergman–Standing before God

How do you approach Rosh Hashanah? One of my favorite Bible verses comes from this week’s Parasha. “Lo bashamayim he” we are told by Moshe in Deuteronomy 30:12. “It is not in the Heavens…” We learn from this that all … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Shelach 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Feeling the Warmth of God’s Love

This week’s Parasha contains the commandment of tzitzit, the fringes on the corners for the four (4) cornered garment we have come to call the tallit and what we think of as the prayer shawl. The fact is that this … 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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7th and 8th Days of Passover, Shabbat Pesach with Yizkor 5775 –The Splitting of the Sea and What It Means to Me

The splitting of the Sea of Reeds (not the Red Sea!), enabling the Israelites to escape Pharaoh’s Army, and the closing back in of the Sea to destroy the Egyptian pursuers is a pivotal and defining moment in the history … Continue reading

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Shabbat Terumah 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–The Real Deal

This week’s Torah portion contains the description of the Tabernacle and its various furnishings—the Table for the Showbreads, the Menorah, the Altar and, of course, the Ark. We no longer have the Tabernacle, the Holy Temple or any of the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Bereisheet 5775–Shabbat Torah Study–What Stories Do You Think You Know?

And so we begin again–our annual cycle of reading the Torah. Some congregations have the tradition of reading the entirety of the Parshat HaShavuah weekly. Others read only one-third (1/3 or a “Shlish”) of the Parsha weekly. Others even less. … Continue reading

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