Tag Archives: Rosh Hashanah

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 HaChodesh: Parshiyot Vayakhel & Pekudei 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Happy New Year!

This is Shabbat Mevarchim (the Sabbath of blessing) for Chodesh Nissan (the month of Nissan) and Shabbat “Chazak” (for what we say) as we conclude the reading of the Book of Exodus. It is also Shabbat HaChodesh. To translate, that … Continue reading

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Shabbat Ki Tavo 5776–Shabbat Torah Study–More than Memory and Meeting the King on Rosh Hashanah

Ki Tavo contains the formulaic utterance given with first fruit offerings. “My father was a wandering Aramean…” Devarim 26:5. We are very familiar with this from its inclusion in the Haggadah. It was supposed to be given from memory. So … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shuvah 5776–Parshat Vayelech–Shabbat Torah Study—-Returning by Going Forward

This is Shabbat Shuvah. It is the Shabbat during the Aseret Yamei Teshuvah, falling in the 10 days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the end of Yom Kippur. We call it Shabbat Shuvah because we are (or should … Continue reading

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Netzavim 5775–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom–God, Torah and Life are within your reach

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 that God expects from us is … 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 Ki Teitzei 5775–Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Forgiveness? Appreciation? Why not both?

There are some 74 mitzvoth said to be stated or restated in this week’s Parasha, more than 10% of the total 613. Some of the mitzvoth are thought to be curious and with little practical application to the modern Jew. … 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 Shuvah–Haazinu 5775–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom–Ruth Bergman–“Rosh Hashanah or Ground Hog Day?”

Will this year be Rosh Hashanah or Ground Hog Day? It seems that no matter when Rosh Hashanah falls, we always say we can’t believe it is Rosh Hashanah time already! That was actually somewhat legitimate last year when Rosh … Continue reading

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