Category Archives: Torah Study

Torah: Korach – Change Must Be Gradual

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Korach

Should not Korach and his followers be seen as heroes, challenging Moses’ replication of the hierarchical power structure normative to the ancient world? After all, they had just escaped from the clutches of Egyptian tyranny.

Were they not, in fact, prescient reformers to a time, in the distant future, when a John Locke would emerge with his prescription for a social contract, whereby each human being has a natural right to life, liberty and property?

Sometimes, I wonder, how ready is our own contemporary, modern society?

THE TROPE

Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 16:1 – 18:32  Click here.

Haftarah: I Samuel 11:14 – 12:22 – Click here.

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Another good Torah “helper” is Pocket Torah, available in the Apple App store. Pocket Torah Trope teaches “Trope Phrases,” and Pocket Torah teaches portions.

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Torah: Shelach Lecha 2019 – On Aspirational Love

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Shelach Lecha

The Talmud challenges us, through this week’s Torah portion’s Story of the Spies, to move beyond an adolescent love for the Land of Israel, to an adult love, which is always, beautifully, messy.

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 13:1 – 15:41  Click here.

Haftarah: Joshua 2:1 – 2:24 – Click here.

“galilee”by Bon Adrien is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Torah: Beha’alotcha

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Beha’alotcha

Moses lives fully embracing his complicated human self. For this we say, לֹא קָם בְּיִשְׂרָאֵל כְּמֹשֶה עוֹד. No one human can replace, replicate, the greatness of Moses. לֹא תוּכַל לִרְאֹת אֶת-פָּנָי: כִּי לֹא-יִרְאַנִי הָאָדָם, וָחָי
I, God, will not allow you human beings, to see My face and to live. The prophet is human, after all.

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16  Click here.

Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7 – Click here.

Torah: Nasso

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Nasso

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 4:21 – 7:89  Click here.

Haftarah: Judges 13:2 – 13:25 – Click here.

Torah: Bamidbar

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Bamidbar

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Numbers 1:1 – 4:20  Click here.

Haftarah: Hosea 2:1 – 2:22 – Click here.

Torah: Bechukotai – On Religious Humility

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Bechukotai

Our relationship with Judaism should be no different than our relationship with a partner, a spouse, or our kids. When you find things about them, about the Torah, that you don’t like but have to live with nevertheless, you must struggle with it. Never give up.

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14 – Click here.

Torah: Behar – Modeling a Just Society

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Behar

We will focus on the Sabbatical and Jubilee Years and how our text is a model for a just society where the dignity of the individual is sacrosanct (yet another manifestation of how blessed we all are to have inherited this text).

THE TROPE
Please note: These trope links connect to the beginning of the whole Torah portion / Haftarah. Find a specific reading with the drop-down box at the top, right of the page, and/or by using chapter and verse.

Torah: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2  Click here.

Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27 – Click here.

Torah Video: Emor – Action & Inaction, work & rest, Active & Passive, Will & Restraint

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Emor

This portion introduces a dialogue about the relationship between action and inaction, work and rest, active and passive, will and restraint.

THE TROPE 

Torah: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23  Click here.

Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 – 44:31 – Click here.