Category Archives: Torah Study

Torah: Shabbat Chol Hamoed Pesach – and “The Fifth Child”

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Passover 2019 – The Fifth Child

What about the Fifth Child, the one who doesn’t even come to the Seder or doesn’t even know that there is a Seder? Or has bad memories or associations with the Seder? With Judaism? What about him? Or her? What is their place in all of this? Do they, in fact, have a place at the Seder table? At the table of Judaism?

And what is our role in Jewish life, in fulfilling our obligation to take the initiative, as our Sages in the Talmud command, v’at p’tach lo, to open up for him? To wake her up? To open up a dialogue? A conversation? A relationship?

TORAH READING: 

Haftarah: Isaiah 10:32 – 12:6.

Torah: Emotional Freedom

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Shemini 2019

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWv6r6gWojQ&feature=youtu.be

Our relationship with God, like any relationship, is a dialectic between moments of love and intimacy as well as moments of anger and distance. To maintain the integrity of our relationship with the Divine, it is critical to be able to express the entire gamut of the human condition, to embrace it. We must be able recognize that God will disappoint us, even hurt us, if we are to maintain the integrity of our relationship.

Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1 – 7:17 – Click here.

Torah: On Amalek

SHABBAT ZACHOR 2019

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On Amalek

After the Divine Wisdom, the Divine Supervision is revealed. Then, and only then, all is transformed into good. Everything is hallowed, so there is no longer the need to distinguish between good and evil, between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai.”

THE TROPE – for TZAV

Torah: Leviticus 6:1 – 8:36 – Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 7:21 – 8:3; 9:22 – 9:23 – Click here.

Torah: Moses Models Humility

VAYIKRA

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Moses Models Humility

Moses models Humility: לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כְּמֹשֶה עוֹד, Lo kam b’Yisrael, k’Moshe od. No other human being, before or since, could match the closeness of Moses to the Divine, by virtue alone of his trait of humility.

Torah: Leviticus 1:1 – 5:26  Click here.
Haftarah: Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23 – Click here.

Torah: A Leadership of Empathy

PEKUDEI

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A Leadership of Empathy

Aaron, the High Priest, carries the burden of responsibility for his charges. He is to “bear the(ir) names … upon his heart … continually.”  He is to care for them:  to inscribe their fears, concerns, scars, hopes, and dreams upon his heart – continually. 

Torah: Exodus 38:21 – 40:38  Click here.
Haftarah: I Kings 7:51 – 8:21 – Click here.