Tag Archives: Torah and Love

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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Parashat Chayei Sara 5778–Torah Study–Ruth Bergman–The greatest value for a spouse–Hospitality

This week’s Parasha finds our patriarch Isaac a mate. Do you believe in a b’shayrt (predestined soul mate)? Do you believe in matchmaking? Would your parents have selected the spouse you chose (or may be choosing)? Would you have appreciated … 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 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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Shabbat Vayigash 5777–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom –Why We Are Yehudim

This week’s Parasha includes the great reveal and the reunion of Joseph with his brothers in general and Judah in particular. Joseph is referred to as the Tzaddik—the righteous one. Judah is the brother who recommended that Joseph be sold … Continue reading

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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 Chol HaMoed Sukkot 5777–Shabbat Torah Study–Share the Joy

We are in the midst of our wonderfully joyous festival of Sukkot. We are specifically instructed to rejoice. We are commanded to make an effort (even if God forbid effort is necessary) to rejoice in our festival. Having experienced Rosh … Continue reading

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