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Parashat Beshalah

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

by Cantor Sandy Horowitz The narrative of parashat Beshalah describes numerous dramatic events immediately following our ancestors’ liberation from slavery, in which the power of God plays a central role. God leads the people as a pillar of cloud by … Continue reading »


Parashat Bo

February 2, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi David Almog The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It … Continue reading »


Parashat Vaeirah

January 25, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Michael Pitkowsky “And the Lord spoke to Moses: Say to Aaron, ‘Stretch out your hand with your rod over the streams, over the rivers, over the ponds, and raise up (ve-ha’al) frogs upon (al) the land of Egypt. And … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemot

January 18, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi Jill Hammer “Just as they oppressed [the Hebrew people], so it increased and spread out…” There is a fierce assertion at the beginning of the book of Exodus that the oppressed will not be stifled by oppression. In … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayehi

January 12, 2017 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

The Future — A Sealed Book? By Rabbi Len Levin If you were handed a sealed envelope that you had reason to believe contained an infallible prediction of the future course of your life—or of the world’s political history of … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayigash

January 6, 2017 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Do Numbers Really Matter? by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah includes a detailed reckoning of all of the Israelites who went down to Egypt. In the midst of this list the following is written: “These are the sons of Leah, whom … Continue reading »


Parashat Mikeitz

December 28, 2016 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

by Cantor Sandy Horowitz Parashat Mikeitz continues the story of Joseph which was begun in last week’s Torah portion. A theme that connects the two readings is that of three pairs of dreams, each with their own functions. Last week the … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayeishev

December 22, 2016 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah, Uncategorized

by Rabbi David Almog Once upon a ‘Vayehi‘: Listening to the Torah Parashat Vayeishev And then  I always thought the words, and then, were a prelude to something wonderful. Like seeing a ship come in or finding a note in … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayishlah

December 14, 2016 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Jacob’s Behavior Towards Esau: Appeasement or Realpolitik? by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah continues the description of Jacob’s attempts at rapprochement with his estranged brother Esau. In his book on Genesis, Rabbi Yehudah Gilad draws our attention to a word that … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayetzei

December 7, 2016 | Filed in: Bereshit, Divrei Torah

Parashat Vayetzei: Standing Stones and Moving Stones by Rabbi Jill Hammer, PhD I have been thinking about something my doctor said to me a few weeks ago. He advised me to study a page of Gemara a day. That’s usually … Continue reading »