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Torah Portion: Why Canaan?

Parshat Noach: Genesis 6:9-11:32; Isaiah 54:1-55:5. The name Canaan appears for the first time in this story of the degradation of Noah. Canaan was not one...

Torah Portion: An Opportune Time

Parshat Shemini Atzeret: Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17; Numbers 29:35-30:1; I Kings 8:54-66 Shemini Atzeret is the end of the High Holiday season. It is perfect for 2020....

Torah Portion: Seeking Inner Strength

Parshat Sukkot I: Leviticus 22:26-23:44; Numbers 29:35-30:1; Zechariah 14:1-21 In the Torah on the first day of Sukkot, on Shabbat morning, we read about sacred...

Torah Portion: Writing Our Own Song

Parshat Haazinu: Deuteronomy 32:1-52; I Samuel 22:1-51. And you shall write for yourselves this song” (Devarim 31:19). The subject of this verse is unclear and debated...

Torah Portion: The Need to Reflect

Parshat Nitzavim/Vayelekh: Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30; Isaiah 61:10-63:9. We are but a week away from the Jewish new year of 5781, simultaneously observing Shabbat and the 19th...

Torah Portion: Make Time For ‘Put-Ups’

Parshat Ki Tavo: Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8; Isaiah 60:1-22. One of my favorite tales centers around Rabbi Chaim of Brisk who was traveling on a train, sharing...

Torah Portion: We Are Tied Together

Parshat Ki Tetze: Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19; Isaiah 54:1-10 Do you know how many commandments there are in the Torah? If you answered 613, you are correct. What...

Torah Portion: What The World Needs Now

Parshat Shoftim: Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9; Isaiah 51:12-52:12. If I were to choose a phrase from this week’s portion that is most well-known, it would be Tzedek,...

Torah Portion: Considering Others’ Needs

Parshat Re’eh: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 54:11-55:5. In 1642, Sir Thomas Browne wrote the famous proverb “Charity begins at home.” And it does. If your own...

Torah Portion: Lest We Forget

Parshat Ekev: Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25; Isaiah 49:14-51:3. Memory and recollection are fundamental attributes we depend on to live meaningful and successful lives. We use techniques to...

Torah Portion: Fulfilling Desires

Parshat V’etchanan: Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11; Isaiah 40:1-26. (Shabbat Nachamu) Moses places an entreaty before the Lord at the end of his life concerning the leadership of the...

Torah Portion: Finding Sparks of Strength

Parshat Devarim: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27 (Shabbat Hazon) There is an inspirational account that, in one version or another, is often printed. The earliest known...

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