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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 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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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 Vayeitzei 5778–Shabbat Torah Study–More Strength than You Thought Possible

Jacob finally arrives in Haran fourteen years after fleeing home to avoid Esau’s revenge. His mission now is to fulfill his parents’ instructions to find a wife among his mother’s people. On arrival and waking from the famous ladder dream, … Continue reading

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Shabbat Lech L’cha 5778–Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study– Where Are You Going?

And so the journey begins. “Lech L’cha…” Avram and Sarai are told. Genesis 12:1. God uses a lot of words for what should be a simple instruction. Instead of God just saying “Lech” – “Go” to Eretz Yisrael, God says: … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shabbaton — Yom Kippur 5778–Yom Kippur/Yom HaKippurim

I read recently that we sometimes refer to Yom Kippur as “Yom HaKippurim.” This is not just the Day of Atonement (singular), but a Day of Atonements (plural). What can that mean? We seek forgiveness for ourselves. We seek forgiveness … 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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Parshat Ki Teitzei 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–The Value of Every Mitzvah

Parshat Ki Teitzei contains more mitzvoth than any other Parasha in the Torah. It is also home to one of the most beloved mitzvoth in the Torah that speaks to a core value of Judaism. Devarim 22:6-7. We do not … Continue reading

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