October 10, 2017 — Happy Simchat Torah!

This Wednesday night we mark the holiday of Simchat Torah, the last of the four major religious holidays celebrated during the month of Tishrei. Although Simchat Torah is a joyous holiday, it is also a time of contemplation. This is the day when we bring our yearly cycle of Torah readings to an end, and… View Article

October 5, 2017 — Sukkoth

Perhaps no major Jewish holiday is as joyous as Sukkoth. Yet even Sukkoth is not just a time of celebration, but also a time of pensive contemplation. Sukkoth is often called the Jewish Thanksgiving (though it would be historically more accurate to call Thanksgiving the American Sukkoth).  It is also is time when we confront… View Article

September 28, 2017 — Yom Kippur

Rosh Ha’Shanah providedus with an opportunity to take an inventory of our own lives and our relationships with others. Tomorrow night as the sun sets Yom Kippur enters into our lives.  Yom Kippur demands of us that we to turn to G-d, that we realize that each of us is a mere mortal, and asks us to seek G-d’s forgiveness for… View Article

September 19, 2017 — Rosh Ha’Shanah

Tomorrow evening the year shall be ending, 5777; has not been an easy year. Millions around the world are ready for this past year to end and hope and pray that the New Year of 5778 will be a year of peace and personal tranquility.  This past year was marked with strife, with political discord, with… View Article

September 16, 2017 — Nitzavim and VaYelech

This coming Sabbath (September 16) we read a double Torah portion. These are the final sections read prior to the New Year. These weekly sections are Nitzavim and VaYelech. You can find them in the Book of Deuteronomy starting in chapter 25:9 and going until chapter 31:30.  Although there are many ways to understand a Biblical… View Article

September 7, 2017 — Ki Tavo

Ki Tavo is the name of this week’s parashah.  You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8.  The portion begins in what we might consider to be an unusual way.  It starts with Moses instructing the nation as to how the Israelites are to offer their first fruit offering (bikkurim) to G-d.  Reading this section we… View Article

August 31, 2017 — Ki Tetzey

This week’s parashah is called “Ki Tetzey.”  You will find it in Deut.21:10 – 25:19.  The parashah covers a wide range of social policy issues, some of which touch the modern world and others that we might appear to us to be merely of an historical nature.  Among the topics touched upon by the parashah are:… View Article

August 24, 2017 — Shoftim

The name of this week’s parashah is Shoftim (meaning: Judges).  You will find this week’s section in the Book of Deuteronomy 16:8-21:9.  The section deals with the rule of law, its administration, the right of appeal, or the concept of going to a higher court, regulations to stop blood feuds, and perhaps the world’s first… View Article

August 17, 2017 — Re’eh

This week’s parashah is called “Re’eh”.  You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17.  This section continues with Moses’ great summation speech emphasizing the fact that we all live with the potential for bringing both blessings and curses into our lives. The section begins with a strange Hebrew grammatical phrase “Re’eh, Anochi noten… View Article

August 10, 2017 — Ekev

This week’s section is called “Ekev.”  You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy 6:12-11:25.  Like much of Deuteronomy, this week’s parashah teaches its lessons by means of farewell speeches. Moses continues his review of Israel’s history, emphasizing the rights of the people to the land, and their need to love the stranger.  Deep within the… View Article