Category Archives: Torah Study

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

Torah: The Certainty of Death — Judaism’s Embrace of the Cycle of Life

Ha’azinu

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Rav Kook was famous for saying that you have to chew over a single word in the Torah at least 400 times before you can start to learn that word.

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 32:1 – 32:52 – Click here.
Haftarah: II Samuel 22:1 – 22:51 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 32:1-6, p. 1185
  2. Deut. 32:7-12, p. 1186
  3. Deut. 32:13-18, p.1187

Haftarah:

II Samuel 22:1-22:51, p. 1197

Torah: Ki Teitzei

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THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19  Click here

Haftarah: Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 21: 10-14, p. 1112
  2. Deut. 21: 15-17, p. 1113
  3. Deut. 17: 18-21, p. 1113

Haftarah:

Isaiah 54:1-10, p. 1138. This was Jerry Himmelfarb’s Bar Mitzvah portion, so he will chant Haftarah. It is an occasion for celebration as only MCJC knows how . . .

Healthy Leadership Transition

Shoftim

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The Torah gives us a model for a healthy transition of leadership in the narrative of Moses and Joshua. That all transitions must start with an ending.

THE TROPE

Torah: Deuteronomy 16:18 – 21:9 – Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 51:12 – 52:12 – Click here.

This week our readings and Torah discussion focus on:

Torah:

  1. Deut. 16: 18-22, p. 1088
  2. Deut. 17: 1-7, p. 1089
  3. Deut. 17: 8-13, p. 1090

Haftarah:

Isaiah 51:12-52:12 (4th Haftarah d’Nechamtah, of Consolation), p. 1108