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Parashat Shemini

April 20, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah begins with Moses’s instructions to Aaron, his sons, and the elders of Israel: On the eighth day Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel. He said to Aaron: “Take … Continue reading »

 

Hol Hamoed Pesah

April 12, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah

Miriam the Healer Rabbi Jill Hammer As we approach the seventh day of Pesach, when we read the narrative of crossing of the Sea, I am thinking of the prophetess Miriam, who dances and sings to celebrate the crossing and … Continue reading »

 

Passover

April 7, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah

by Rabbi Isaac Mann One of the key principles that the Haggadah follows in recounting the story of the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt is “matchil be’genut u’mesayim be’shevah” (literally, “one begins with the disgrace and ends with the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayikra

March 29, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Vayikra

by Rabbi Len Levin Moses: A Leader with a Small Ego A Dvar Torah for Vayikra There are two peculiarities in the opening of Leviticus that elude the English reader. The first is that the first clause is missing a … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

March 22, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Cantor Sandy Horowitz Ancestors. We begin praying the Amidah by invoking them: as we acknowledge the presence of God, we do so by stating that this is also the God of our patriarchs. In recent times, more liberal streams of … Continue reading »

 

Parshat Ki Tisa

March 16, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah, Ki Tisa, includes one of the most dramatic episodes in the entire Torah, the Golden Calf. The description found in the Torah has rebellion, passion, emotion, idolatry, and violence, all of the ingredients … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tetzaveh-Shabbat Zachor-Purim

March 8, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

What It Means To Be Godfearing: Parashat Tetzaveh/Shabbat Zachor/Purim Rabbi Jill Hammer Remember what Amalek did to you on the way when you left Egypt; how he happened upon you on the road and harassed you at the rear, all … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Terumah

March 1, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Rabbi Eliyahu Dessler was a central 20th century figure associated with the musar school of Jewish thought. One of Rabbi Dessler’s most well known essays is Kuntres Ha-hesed, literally, the Booklet of Kindness. It was later published in his collected … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Mishpatim

February 22, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

From Sanctity to Social Justice: The Message of Mishpatim By Len Levin “And these are the judicial rules that you shall set before them.” (Exodus 21:1) Last week, God’s majesty was revealed in thunder and smoke, proclaiming the cardinal rules … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Yitro

February 16, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky The highlight of this week’s parashah is the reading of the Ten Commandments. While there are midrashic compilations on individual books of the Bible, the Ten Commandments merited having their own individual midrash, Midrash Aseret ha-Dibrot, … Continue reading »