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Weekly Torah Portion – Wants Vs. Needs

Parshat Bachaalotekha: Numbers 8:1-12:16; Zachariah 2:14-4:7 Think back to your childhood, and I’m sure you can remember a time you received a birthday or Chanukah...

Weekly Torah Portion – Building Trust

Parshat Naso: Numbers 4:21-7:89; Judges 13:2-25. Jealousy — it is the “jaundice of the soul” as Dryden said. It is “a monster begot upon itself,...

Weekly Torah Portion – A Road Map For The Journey

Parshat Bamidbar: Numbers 1:1-4:20; Hosea 2:1-22 This Shabbat, we begin the reading of the book of Bamidbar, Numbers, which chronicles much of the journey of...

All-Night Studying

Tikkun Leil Shavuot has evolved over the last decades as a holiday ritual. Since Jews stopped bringing sacrifices, the festival of Shavuot has looked like...

Weekly Torah Portion – Survival Of The Land

Parshat Behar-Bechukotei: Leviticus 25:1-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19-17:14. The Jewish people are commanded to observe a day of rest every seven days. While many know about Shabbat,...

Leonard Bernstein – From the DJN Davidson Digital Archive

Leonard Bernstein, the legendary composer, pianist, conductor and all-around great man of American music, would have been 100 years old in 2018. There will...

Ami’s Upsherin

Beverly Kent Goldenberg Special to the Jewish news 3-year-old marks birthday with Jewish tradition. Although they are not religious, Etai and Caroline Goldenberg love Jewish traditions,...

Weekly Torah Portion – Embodying Empathy

Parshat Emor: Leviticus 21:1-24:23; Ezekiel 44:15-31. Our actions in the world can either bring sanctity (kiddush HaShem) or desecration (chillul HaShem) to God’s name. In portion...

Weekly Torah Portion – The Torah says #MeToo

Parshat Acharey Mot/Kedoshim: Leviticus 16:1-20:27; Amos 9:7-15. I have to admit, I wanted to take the easy road when it came to this Torah commentary. This...

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