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Shemini 5778

April 12, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

What is Holy? A D’var Torah for Shemini Cantor Sandy Horowitz ’14 In response to gun violence incidents, the press often seeks to provide information about the shooter in an attempt to determine motive. Was he a Muslim terrorist or a … Continue reading »


Parashat Tzav, 5778

March 22, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

A D’var Torah for Tzav by Rabbi Heidi Hoover ’11 This week’s Torah portion, Tzav, continues detailed discussion of the sacrifices, though this week’s text is addressed to the priests and focuses on their duties, while last week’s text was … Continue reading »


Parashat Tetzaveh, 5778

February 21, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Breastplate of Judgment A D’var Torah for Tetzaveh Rabbi Lenny Levin  “You shall make a breastplate of judgment…set in it mounted stones in four rows…corresponding to the names of the sons of Israel” (Ex. 28:15–21). We know from experience how … Continue reading »


Parashat Terumah, 5778

February 15, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Mishpatim by Rabbi Isaac Mann This week’s Torah portion deals with the construction of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle) and the various vessels to be placed in it or in front of it. Most of the … Continue reading »


Parashat Mishpatim, 5778

February 8, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Mishpatim by, Cantor Sandy Horowitz, ’14 Parashat Mishpatim contains over fifty laws covering a range of subjects, which are related to the Israelite people by God through Moses. Having just received the ten commandments in the previous … Continue reading »


Parashat Yitro, 5778

February 2, 2018 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Yitro by Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD   As I write this, I am thinking of a particular moment in my life, when I was about to lead a large ceremony.  A few years prior at … Continue reading »


Parashat Beshalah, 5778

January 25, 2018 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Beshalah By Rabbi Heidi Hoover, ’11 This Shabbat is called Shabbat Shirah—the Shabbat of song. It is so named because it is in this week’s Torah portion, Beshallah, that the Israelites walk through the Reed Sea on … Continue reading »


Parashat Bo, 5778

January 17, 2018 | Filed in: Bamidbar, Divrei Torah

A D’var Torah for Parashat Bo By Rabbi Bruce Alpert The exodus from Egypt is understood in different ways: as a miraculous deliverance, as an escape from slavery, as a journey to freedom. Reading again this week’s parashah, Bo, I … Continue reading »


Parashat Va’era, 5778

January 11, 2018 | Filed in: Shmot

Exodus: God, Women, and Dr. King A D’var for Parashat Va’era by Rabbi Rena H. Kieval ’06 “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” That is the name of Hollywood’s most recent major film version of the seminal story of our people.  The title resonates … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemot, 5778

January 5, 2018 | Filed in: Shmot

The Power of Your Hebrew Name A D’var for Parashat Shemot by Rabbi Irwin Huberman ’10 A popular website which monitors facts relating to pregnancy, birth, and babies recently released its list of the most popular baby names for 2017. … Continue reading »