Category Archives: Weekly Torah Portion

“They Spoke the Same Words” – Uniformity is not unity!

The story of the Tower of Babel is one of the most famous and in my opinion misinterpreted stories in the bible.   Genesis 11:1-9 וַֽיְהִ֥י כָל־הָאָ֖רֶץ שָׂפָ֣ה אֶחָ֑ת וּדְבָרִ֖ים אֲחָדִֽים׃ Everyone on earth had the same language and the same words. And as they migrated from the east, they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and

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Join Me In Breaking the Circle of Anger, Because I care and I hope that you do too!

Acting out of anger can carry terrible consequences… Miriam just passed away and Moses and Aaron are still dealing with that when the Israelites start to complain and cry out for water. After all, bringing water was Miriam’s job, and now they were in the middle of the desert, fearing their lives because of the absence of water. So Moses

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Seeking a path in the Wilderness between Jerusalem and Gaza

This week we read Parashat Bamidbar.  Bamidbar is the first Torah portion and the name of the 4th book of the Torah.  Bamidbar literally means in the wilderness, however its English name is The  Book of Numbers. These two names are almost opposite sides of the same coin. Bamidbar, the wilderness, is the symbol of transition and confusion and on

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This is Why Next Shabbat I am going to Be Walking For Life-organ donation

This week’s Torah portion is Tazria Metzora. It is the combination of two Torah portions that address two different topics: Tazria, that has to do with the time required for a woman to become ritually pure after delivery, and Metzora, which has to do with the illness of Tzara’at – commonly known today as Leprosity. And even when these topics

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Justice x2 / Leveling Up Our Standards!

This week we read Parashat Shoftim. This Torah portion introduces us to one of the bases of our social system: Judges – Shoftim – and Shotrim – the law enforcement. Immediately afterward, Torah introduces a very famous verse that brings justice to a different level: Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof – Justice, justice you shall pursue. Our Rabbis say that there must

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Recognize the Darkness and Offer Light- This is no Time for Neutrality

  See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. ורְאֵ֗ה אָֽנֹכִ֛י נֹתֵ֥ן לִפְנֵיכֶ֖ם הַיּ֑וֹם בְּרָכָ֖ה וּקְלָלָֽה: Deu 11:26   Over the last couple of days it feels like a curse is threatening our society. We have been watching TV, reading newspapers, hearing stories from friends…. The images and the stories coming from Charlottesville in 2017 look like

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