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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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Shabbat Parashat Vayechi 5776 — The Blessings of Blessings

The book of Genesis is filled with stories of blessings and birthrights—giving them, selling them, earning them, and losing them. Vayechi includes Jacob blessing his sons as well as Joseph’s. Some of the blessings are startling, prophetic and motivational. Blessings … Continue reading

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Parashat Yitro 5775–Shabbat Torah Study at Adat Shalom –Is It a Mitzvah to Believe in God?

This week’s Parasha is one of the two parshiyot that contains the Aseret Hadibrot—what has been improperly translated as the 10 Commandments. It is set forth here in Yitro at Exodus 20: 2-14. There is an interesting debate among the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Chayei Sarah 5775–Shabbat E-Drash–How Old Are You Really?

In this week’s Parasha we have another one of those seeming redundancies in the Torah from which our Sages derive additional meaning. In Genesis 24:1, we read of Avraham that he “was old [zakeyn], well on in years [ba-b’yamim]” literally … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shabbaton, Shabbat Yom Kippur 5775–Yom Kippur Thought/Yom Kippur Prayer

I recently read 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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Netzavim/Vayelech 5775 –Shabbat Torah Study–Dr. Melissa Ser–Today is the Day–So is Rosh Hashanah!

As Rosh Hashanah is now less than a week away, our double Torah portion of Netzavim-Vayelech reminds us of something critical. The tremendous opportunity of Rosh Hashanah and the entire Aseret Y’mei Teshuvah (10 days of Return from Rosh Hashanah … Continue reading

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Paul Magy’s Shabbat “Torah Study in the D” Blog–Parshiyot Tazriah-Metzorah–What You Say Can Cost You the Game–Rabbi Shere at Adat Shalom

Here is a game changer. The rabbis relate these Torah portions to the importance of guarding your tongue and the pernicious consequences of improper speech. The Sages tell us that when we ultimately have our day in the Heavenly Court, … Continue reading

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