Tag Archives: Elul

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 Re’eh 5776–Shabbat Torah Study–Putting Meat on the Bones

This week’s Parasha contains one of a number of proof texts for the existence of the “Oral Law.” Remember there is the Torah of the Written Law and the Torah of the Oral Law? Many of the “details” of being … Continue reading

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Parshat Ki Tavo 5775–Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Selichot: A Time to Come Together

As Rosh Hashanah is fast approaching, the Torah reminds us in so many ways about the importance of our connection and relationship with God. But who is this God that we think of at this time of year? Is it … Continue reading

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Parshat Shoftim 5775–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom—-What Kind of Judge Are You?

This week’s Parasha, Shoftim, begins with a discussion of the importance of justice, judges and their behavior. The Torah states that Judges shall be appointed “b’chol sha’arecha” which the Eitz Chayim (and most chumashim) translates as “in all your cities … Continue reading

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Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Elul, Parashat Re’eh 5775–The King wants us to greet Him. No appointment necessary

This Shabbat, we begin the month of Elul. Yes, it is only one month until Rosh Hashanah! It is a special and awesome time of opportunity for spirituality and connection. On Rosh Hashanah we approach God as HaMelech, the King … Continue reading

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Shabbat Ki Tavo 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Rabbi Rachel Shere–Being there is what matters!

Ki Tavo contains the formulaic utterance given with first fruit offerings. “My father was a wandering Aramean…” Devarim 26:5. It was supposed to be given from memory. So concerned were the Sages that a lack of education kept some from … Continue reading

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Parshat Shoftim 5774–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom Synagogue–Rabbi Rachel Shere–What kind of Judge are you?

Shoftim means “Judges” and it was a great gift to society and civilization that a system of courts with rules of evidence was given in the Torah. To be effective, the people must have confidence in the courts and in … Continue reading

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