Parshat Bo 5783

Bo תשפג A Confirmation for the Oral Torah              The commandment to wear tefillin is written four times in the Torah. Indeed, each paragraph of the Torah containing that command constitutes the “script” that a scribe writes on parchment, which he then…

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The Rebel Zoo
Parshat Va’era 5783

There are zoos, and there are animal parks. Zoos are built in large metropolitan areas, animal parks rise up in the deep country. Zoos have concrete pathways, food courts, and train rides, animal parks have dirt paths, food trucks, and…

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Parshat Va’era 5783

Parshat Vaera 5783

Parshat Vaera     תשפג  When Hashem appeared to Moshe at the burning bush, and Moshe responded that the people would not believe that Hashem had really appeared to him, Hashem gave Moshe three miracles to perform to convince the people.  The first…

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Parshat Shemot 5783

Shemot תשפג              This coming Shabbat we begin reading the second book of the Torah, Sefer Shemot, the book of Exodus. The רמב"ן (Ramban) Nachmanides, calls this second book ספר הגאולה - “The Book of Redemption.” Despite Moshe and Aharon receiving most of the attention (along with Hashem!) for freeing…

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The Library of You 
Parshat Vayechi 5783

I used to think that the entire California was one big meeting ground for urbane, progressive sophisticates, the type that ate braised youngberry frites, used venti as a vocabulary word, or listened to world fusion music while drinking organic wheatgrass martinis. While…

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Parshat Vayechi 5783

Do you think you are better than others? 
Parshat Vayigash 5783

Sandra never knew freedom. She was born in captivity into a group of people that treated her like an animal, keeping her in a cage, and feeding her not much more than bottles of milk and vegetable scraps. Being caged…

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Parshat Vayigash 5783