Tag Archives: Torah and Love

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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Shabbat Parashat Naso 5776—The Blessing to Bless in Love–Mazal Tov!

Naso contains the most famous of the blessings in the Torah and in Jewish life. It is the “Priestly Benediction.” It is the blessing we say over our children Erev Shabbat and over all of us on many other occasions. … Continue reading

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Shabbat Bechukotai 5776–Shabbat Torah Study–Walk the Walk

This week’s Torah portion is famous for its offer of reward for observance of the mitzvoth and punishment for not. This is the eternal mystery then of why the “good” may seem to suffer at times, while the “bad” may … Continue reading

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