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July 25, 2019 – Parashat Balak/ Pinchas HomeJuly 25, 2019 – Parashat… Due to another heavy travel schedule I have missed writing about a number of weekly sections. For this reason I combine two sections that are traditionally not placed together. The first section to be examined is from last week. It is called Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9). It is…

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Traveling through the desert This week we conclude the Bible’s fourth book by studying a double Torah portion: Matot and Ma’asey (Numbers 30:2-36:13). These two sections bring the Bible’s fourth book, the Book of Numbers (in Hebrew, Sefer BaMidbar or the Book in the Desert) to its conclusion. The two sections not only act as a review of the Israelites’ travels through the wilderness but…

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The Center for Latino – Jewish Relations is proud to be a founding member of the Jewish Heritage Alliance (JHA).  You can read about the JHA at https://jewishheritagealliance.com Now follow us on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/latinojewishrelations/ and on twitter at @Latino_Jewish This coming Sabbath we begin our yearly reading of the Torah’s fifth book, Sefer Dvarim, known in English as the “The Book…

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August 22, 2019 – The Shmah: The art of hearing. HomeAugust 22, 2019 – The… This week we study the parashah called Ekev.  You will find it in the Book of Deuteronomy, 7:12-11:25.  Ekev deals with one of the Bible’s most difficult theological problems: “G-d of History Hypothesis”.  Reading the parashah carefully we are forced to ask the question: do…

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September 12th, 2019 – The Value of Education – Ki Tetzey HomeSeptember 12th, 2019 –… ucation, and what is commonly known as “higher education”, have not kept up with the world in which we live.  Although education costs continue to rise, many people continue to question the educational value of university professors who spend more time on their own research…

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This week’s parashah is “Ki Tavo”.  We find it in the Book of Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8.  Coming just before Rosh Ha’Shanah it seems appropriate that the weekly section discusses the consequences of our actions.   The text indicates that the consequences of our actions will result in either blessings or curses.  Blessings and curses, however, are not this section’s only theme.  The…

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The Center for Latino – Jewish Relations Brings You This Weekly Bilingual Torah Commentary Rosh Hashanah 5780: Wishing everyone a sweet  and happy New Year September 30th is not merely the end of the secular month; it also marks not only the end of the year 5779 and also of the decade. The years composing this 8th decade of the 58th century…

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With the sounding of the final blast of the Shofar, we conclude Yom Kippur and go immediately into the joyfulness and historical lessons of Sukkoth. Sukkot is the beginning of the rainy season, the time that we celebrate the bounties of the earth and the days when we remember that we were not just once slaves in Egypt, but that…

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El Centro de Relaciones Latinas – Judías les Ofrece Este Comentario Semanal y Bilingüe Se lo escrbe en Rosh Ha’Shanah…. Se lo determina en Iom Kippur…. Esta semana la versión en español está debajo de la inglesa This week the Spanish version is underneath the English Version Now follow us on Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/latinojewishrelations/ and on twitter at @Latino_Jewish Sígannos en…

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