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No Limit For Infinity – Parashat Balak: When We Are Fed By Others’ Faiths

In Parashat Balak we are granted with the blessing “Ma Tovu”, which later will be adopted as the first sentence that we say every time we walk into a Jewish sanctuary. 2Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel dwelling according to its tribes, and the spirit of God rested upon him. 3He took up his parable and said, “The word of

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Celebrating Life With All Your Being: Parashat Tzav

Parashat Tzav relates a detailed description of the different kinds of offers and some of the specific ceremonial aspects related to the beginning of the “work” of the priests (Kohanim). Now that we are already in the second Torah portion of Leviticus we understand that it wasn’t a misunderstanding – the book continues to deal with the subject of “offers

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A call to Activism: Parashat Pekudei

  (this portion belongs to last week’s reading, my apologies for the late publishing) During the last parashot the Torah has been talking about the Mishkan (Tabernacle) building. Materials, sizes, locations and specifications were mentioned. I even compared these instructions with an Ikea manual, considering the substantial difference – Ikea doesn’t instruct with which mindset you’re supposed to assemble your stuff and when

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Criticism & Citizen Participation : Parashat Yitro

Meeting With Non – Jews Strengthens Judaism “Only after Moses listens to his father in law and absorbs his feedback and criticism, de-centralization is established, and the People of Israel can make the step that enabled them to grow and come to their constitutive event as a nation – the receiving of the 10 commandments at Mt. Sinai.” Parashat Jethro

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Chayei Sarah: When the point of view makes the story real!

We finished last week’s Torah Portion, Vayera, talking about the place God and faith have in our lives and how they can and should affect our deeds. Chayei Sarah (“Sarah’s Life”) encompasses 4 stories: death of Sarah and buying the Cave of Machpelah in Hebron, finding a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s new/last chapter in life, and the life of Ishmael. This

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