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Pleading Before HaShem

Parashat Ve’etchanan This week’s Torah portion is called Ve’etchanan – “I pleaded.” It is Moshe pleading with the people to observe G-d’s mitzvot and live as the holy community G-d has purposed Israel to be. Last week we discussed how Deuteronomy is … Continue reading

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What does God expect of us?

Parashat Yitro This week’s Parasha tells us that “Moshe went up to G-d, and then HaShem called to him from the mountain.” This phrase begins the retelling of the powerful story of G-d giving the Torah to Israel, and of the … Continue reading

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The Road Less Traveled

Parashat Beshalach Parashat Beshalach is unique in that it begins by telling us what God did NOT do. God did not guide them to the highway that goes through the land of the Philistines, because it was close by – … Continue reading

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Responding to Calamity

Parashat Bo Last week’s Torah portion, Va’era, introduced the first seven of the ten plagues. This week, Parashat Bo identifies the final three plagues and records the mitzvot concerning Passover. Each of these plagues are devastating enough on their own, but added up … Continue reading

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A Stranger in a Foreign Land

Parashat Shemot Shemot is the first Torah portion in the book of Exodus and contains the narrative of Moses’ early childhood, his flight to Midian, his encounter with the Divine, and his return to Egypt. Early in the narrative, Moshe … Continue reading

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Why Remember?

Parashat Ha’azinu When I call out the name of Hashem, ascribe greatness to our God.  The Rock!  Perfect is His work; for all His paths are justice; a God of faith without iniquity, righteous and fair is He.   Corruption is not … Continue reading

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Why Do We Need Yeshua?

Parashat Shoftim For those of us who take Jewish life seriously, value Judaism, affirm the continued covenantal election of the Jewish people, and affirm G-d’s continued work among our people, we are often confronted with an interesting question – Why … Continue reading

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Words to a New Generation

Parashat Devarim Deuteronomy is unique. Firstly, the book is a retelling of the entire Torah. Second, as the Vilna Gaon notes, the first four books of the Torah were heard directly from the mouth of HaShem. Whereas Deuteronomy is Moshe’s recounting of the … Continue reading

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The Rock of … What?

Parashat Chukat Without water, the community began grumbling against Moses and Aaron. Leaving the community, they went to the entrance of the Tabernacle and fell on their faces in the presence of HaShem. Moshe was commanded to take his staff and … Continue reading

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A Mysterious Encounter

Parashat Shemot As Moshe was attending his father-in-law’s sheep in the wilderness, near the base of Mt. Sinai, the Torah tells us that an angel appeared to him in the form of burning bush (3:2). As Moshe approached the bush to discover … Continue reading

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