Tag Archives: Shabbat

Shabbat Vayeishev 5777 and Erev Chanukah–One Light? Give a Kook.

Rabbi Aaron Bergman shared an important teaching about Chanukah last week in the name of Rav Abraham Isaac Kook who was the first Ashkenazi chief rabbi of British Mandatory Palestine, the founder of Yeshiva Mercaz HaRav Kook, a great Jewish … Continue reading

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Shabbat Lech Lecha 5777–Shabbat Torah Study– Journey to Blessings

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 Pesach 5776–The Fifth Child–Who Is Missing from the Seder?

I read recently that though there are many examples of the “famous fours” during the Seder (4 questions, 4 cups of wine, 4 expressions of redemption and, of course, the 4 children), the reality is that they are supposed to … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shemini/Parshat Parah 5776– Shabbat Torah Study and More at Adat Shalom–Kosher Eating and Speaking

Parshat Shemini contains a listing of kosher animals and the bright line tests for kosher mammals and fish. The Torah goes to some effort to identify a few creatures that have certain kosher characteristics, but not others. We hear of … Continue reading

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Parashat Tzav 5776–Your Home Is a Temple

The Torah Book of Vayikra continues to “Tzav” (Command) the sacrifices. We question the relevance of understanding these rituals when we no longer have the Temple. To this the Sages comment that we always have a Temple of sorts. We … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayigash 5775–Shabbat Torah Study E-drash from the D–A New Year’s Resolution–A Time for Faith and Forgiveness

It is one thing to repent, to do “teshuvah”. It is another to forgive and be forgiven. Isn’t it? Does it matter that someone is truly repentant, if they remain unforgiven? Do you know anyone whose anger or feeling of … Continue reading

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Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Parshat Shelach 5772–Rabbi Shere–Don’t Lead Yourself Astray

This week’s Parsha begins with the story of external spies, those who lead the Jewish people astray and ends symmetrically with a warning about our  internal, built in spies—our hearts and eyes that lead us astray.  The Torah says not … Continue reading

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