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Ki Tavo 5780

In this parsha, we begin with the instructions upon entering the promised land for the Israelites to give an offering of the first fruits harvested as an expression of their gratitude for all the blessings from the life creating, life sustaining higher power, we call Hashem.  Gratitude for our blessings engenders humility.  Humility is cultivated […]

Beshalach 5780 – An Attitude of Grattitude

In this parshah, G-d splits the Red Sea and the Israelites are so grateful as to sing the Song by the Sea.  They lack food in the desert, albeit briefly, and complain to G-d who then provides manna and quail, yet they continue to complain.  Was it ever enough for our ancestors then?  Is it […]

Parsha Vayishlach 5780

Vayishlach… And he sent…     Jacob sent malachim- Angels/Messengers onto his brother Esau, and when they returned to him, they related that Esau had 400 men and flocks and more.  Jacob was to meet his brother Esau the next day and it had been 20 years since they had last seen each other after Jacob traded […]

Ki Teitzei 5779 – Amalek in Our Times

This Parsha contains 74 of the Torah’s 613 mitzvot.  These include a wide array of laws including how to deal with the beautiful captive, inheritance rights of the first-born, how to deal with the wayward and rebellious son, burial and dignity of the dead, returning of a lost object, and the obligation to send away […]

Balak 5779 – Ma Tovu

This Parsha tells one of the more entertaining stories of the Torah.  Balak fears for his Kingdom as the Israelites approach.  He knows that it will take extraordinary measures to defeat the Israelites, so he calls on Balaam.  Balaam is the only non-Hebrew prophet who can communicate with Hashem.  Balak sends his men to recruit […]

Kedoshim 5779 – Holy is, as Holy Does

Kedoshim literally means “(the) Holy ones.”  Usually, the title of the Parshah is the first, second or third word, but this time it is the 14th word- or the 10th word if one counts hyphenated word combinations as single words.  Is this merely a coincidence or is this intent since the Parshah begins with recounting […]

Pekudai 5779 – Miracles of Faith

This parsha closes the book of Exodus, Shemot- meaning “words”.  It is the last of 5 parshiot that all depict the construction of the Mishkan.  Pekudei literally means “accounts”.  Accounts can be audits or can mean taking “account” of what we have, and what we need to complete… you fill in the blank.  The Book […]

Shemot 5779

Shemot is the story of Moses and the people Israel.  It is also called the Exodus.  But literally, Shemot means “Names”.  But what is… in a Name?  G-d gives a name to the first man, Adam.  One of the important tasks which G-d gave to
Adam, was to name the plants and animals of the Earth.  […]


Parshat B’reshit 5779 – In the beginning…

Just as in the creation of the Universe there are many points of creation in our own lives, that lead to new beginnings. These are moments of great discomfort and of great hope all at the same time. These are points of significant potential for growth or they can be times for disaster. […]

Ki Tissa 5778 – Can You See His Face?

What gives a word or phrase it’s weight?  What gives a speaker his credence?  Why do we accept a message from this source but not from another?  Can anyone see G-d’s face and live?  Or, does that last statement really mean, that none of us will see G-d’s face until we pass from this world?  […]