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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 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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Paul Magy’s Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Parshat Korach 5777–Adat Shalom Torah Study– Looking for the Good

The best known rebellion in the Torah is retold in this week’s Parasha. We even name the Parasha after Moshe’s chief antagonist Korach. Pretty nice reward for someone who dared to challenge Moshe and God, huh? Perhaps the name of … 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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Behar-Bechukotai 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–The Mitzvah that Requires Faith

The Parasha of Behar contains the genius of Shemita—the Sabbatical Year. We allow the land to rest and remain fallow for a year to allow it to regenerate and rejuvenate. Just as we need a Sabbath, so does the land. … Continue reading

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Shabbat Acharei Mot-Kedoshim 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Being Holy and Doing Holy

The Shema prayer has become THE Torah mandated mantra of the Jewish people. My vote for the next best alternative comes from the second of this week’s double portion of Acharei Mot – Kedoshim in which each and every one … Continue reading

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Parshat Shemini 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–The Silence that Speaks Volumes

At a time of great joy in the sanctification of the Mishkan/Tabernacle, Aaron’s first born sons, Nadav and Avihu, die bringing a special offering of their own. What did they do to deserve a death sentence? Where was the justice? … Continue reading

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