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Posts Tagged ‘Torah parshat’

Tishah b’Av Shabbat

Weekly Torah Portion – From Sorrow To Joy

Parshat D’varim: Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22; Isaiah 1:1-27. This Shabbat coincides with the 9th of Av on the Hebrew calendar. Known in Hebrew as Tishah b’Av, it is the day on which we annually mark the destruction of both holy temples in Jerusalem by fasting and mourning. This year, however, since it coincides with Shabbat, not only…

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Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8. donkey ass going up to mount sinai.

Weekly Torah Portion – That Still Small Voice

Parshat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; Micah 5:6-6:8 Sometimes wisdom comes from the voices we least expect. In Balak, it comes from an ass. Sometimes wisdom comes from the voices we hold close to our hearts. In my life, that voice is often my late father-in-law, Robert Long. These vastly disparate voices come together for me in…

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Engraved illustration from "The Sunday at Home " September 10th 1864

Weekly Torah Portion – Try, Try Again

Parshat Shelach Lecha: Numbers 13:1-15:41; Joshua 2:1-24. In this week’s Torah portion, 12 spies are sent to check out the land God promised the Israelites. Among them is Joshua, Moses’ personal assistant, chosen from the tribe of Ephraim. It was Joshua’s first big solo assignment, his first shot at real leadership. He must have been…

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WANTS and NEEDS written on luggage tags on blue background. Business concept. Top view.

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 gift that you did not like. Possibly the giver of the gift perceived your explicit or implicit disappointment. Now, jump ahead to adulthood, and you realize that a polite “thank…

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Young woman holds a hand on the shoulder of a senior citizen.

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 Emor, the Torah is clear that how we act in the world has a direct effect on the level of holiness present in each of our relationships. In Leviticus…

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