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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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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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Parashat Vayishlach 5778–Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study–The Lord Helps Those who Help Themselves

This week’s Parasha reunites Eisav and Jacob for the first time in at least 20 years (some say 34). Jacob prepares for this dangerous and fearful meeting in three (3) ways — gifts, preparation for battle and prayer. For a … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Shoftim 5777–Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study E-drasha in the D–Our Battle Cry!

This week’s Parasha, like many, brings modern insights out of ancient rituals. When Israelites were going to war, a Kohen would say to the troops: Shema Yisrael! (“Hear O Israel”) You are about to join battle with your enemy. Let … 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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Parashat Emor 5777-Shabbat Torah Study -Show Me the Bread!

This week’s Parasha contains the origins of a beautiful tradition in many homes. We may hold up the challot (plural for challah) as we say the “motzi” (blessing over bread) at the Shabbat dinner table. Parashat Emor contains the mitzvah … Continue reading

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