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Shabbat Parashat Noach 5776– Torah Study at Adat Shalom–Get out of your ark!

Most are aware of the argument over whether Noah was truly a “righteous” man, a role model for all times or whether he was a “righteous” man only in comparison to others of his generation. This argument is based on … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayechi 5775–Shabbat Torah Study E-Drash–What Is Your Blessing?

Every new year (January or Tishrei) should begin with blessings. This week’s Torah portion of Vayechi is replete with them. Jacob blesses Joseph’s children Ephraim and Menashe, basically adopting them as his own children. It is in this portion that … Continue reading

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Shabbat Parashat Vayeitzei 5775–Shabbat Torah Study– Ladder as Metaphor

This week’s Parasha begins with a famous, mystical dream. You remember don’t you? Jacob is about to begin the journey that will define his life. He leaves his home and family. He camps for a night and there dreams of … 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 Ki Tavo 5774–Shabbat Torah Study–Rabbi Rachel Shere–Being there is what matters!

Ki Tavo contains the formulaic utterance given with first fruit offerings. “My father was a wandering Aramean…” Devarim 26:5. It was supposed to be given from memory. So concerned were the Sages that a lack of education kept some from … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayechi 5774–Adat Shalom Shabbat Torah Study–Joseph’s Generosity or Revenge?

Following Jacob’s death, the brothers fear Joseph will finally get his revenge, that only respect for their father kept Joseph from exacting punishment. The brothers even make up a story that on his deathbed, Jacob had instructed that a message … Continue reading

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Lech Lecha 5773–Shabbat Torah Study in the D–Where is God Telling You to Be? Are You there?

We move from the righteous Noah to the righteous Avraham. Interestingly, we are all the children of Noach (right?), but it is Avraham who we revere as the first of the Avot (forefathers). How was Avraham’s righteousness different and better … Continue reading

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