Category Archives: Torah Study

Parenting as an ongoing process

Vayeishev

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study at 9:30 am.

The relationship between God and humanity as well as that among human beings themselves is, throughout the Torah, a messy one. Complicated. Hard and constant work. The story of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph, is no exception.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 37:1 – 40:23 – Click here.
Haftarah: Amos 2:6 – 3:8 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah (Parshat Vayeishev, Sefer Bereishit):

1. Gen. 37: 1-8, p. 226
2. Gen. 37: 9-11, p. 228
3. Gen. 37: 12-28, p. 228

Haftarah:

 Amos 2:6-3:8, p. 247

Torah: Living in the Duality Between Self & Immortality

Vayishlach 2018

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study on Saturday, November 24 at 9:30 am.

Elie Wiesel taught that Jacob lived in the duality of the mundane and the celestial. During the day he talked only of his business affairs. At night, and only at night, could he, in the pitch darkness, truly struggle with the ISH, with his deep, deep self. At night Jacob spoke to the God of immortality.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 – Click here.
Haftarah: Obadiah 1:1 – 1:21 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Gen. 32: 23-30, p. 201
  2. Gen. 32: 31-33, p. 202
  3. Gen. 33: 1-4, p. 203

Haftarah:

Obadiah 1-21, p. 222

Torah: Stopping to Move

Vayetzei 2018

Please join us for Shabbat worship and Torah study, on Saturday, November 17 9:30 am.

Rabbi Sharon Brous of IKAR, an empowered, non-denominational Jewish community in Los Angeles, points out the irony that sometimes we need to stop moving in order to realize that we are truly mobile. Jacob has to literally put his head on a rock in order to realize that his life is in motion. To remember that he is not yet complete.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 – Click here.
Haftarah: Hosea 12:13 – 14:10 – Click here.

Torah: Chayei Sarah

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On this Solidarity Shabbat, Rabbi Tom will speak and lead a discussion on Jewish resilience in the face of anti-Semitism.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 23:1 – 25:18  Click here.
Haftarah: I Kings 1:1 – 1:31 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Gen. 23:1-5, p. 127
  2. Gen. 23:6-11, p. 128
  3. Gen. 23:12-16, p. 129

Haftarah:

1 Kings 1:1-31, p. 143

Torah: Living in the Paradox: Universalism vs. Particularism

Lech Lecha 2018

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Throughout the Torah, in fact, throughout Hebrew scripture, there is this constant tension, an ongoing, irresolvable paradox between the universal and the particular. The Torah seems to be telling us that we are to live in this friction. This paradox. That one informs the other and visa versa.

THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 12:1 – 17:27 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Gen. 12:1-3, p. 69
  2. Gen. 12:4-6, p. 71
  3. Gen. 12:7-13, p. 72

Haftarah:

Isaiah 40:27-41:16, p. 95

Torah: Noach

Noach

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THE TROPE

Torah: Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 – 55:5 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Genesis 11: 1-5, p. 58
  2. Genesis 11: 6-9, p. 60
  3. Genesis 11: 10-16, p. 60

Haftarah:

Isaiah 54: 1-55:5, p. 65

We will consider this story from the perspective of peace through power and through diversity.

Torah: Sukkot Shabbat Chol HaMoed

Sukkot Shabbat Chol HaMoed

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THE PORTION

Torah: Exodus 33:12 – 34:26 & Numbers 29:26 – 29:31 
Haftarah: Ezekiel 38:18 – 39:16 

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

1. Exodus 34:1-3, p. 540
2. Exodus 34:5-7, p. 541
3. Exodus 34:8-9, p. 542

Haftarah:

  • Ezekiel 38:18-39:16, p. 1260