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01/10/2020 11:28:41 AM

Jan10

Welcome! Check out Rabbi Lizz's divrei Torah and other community updates here.

Parashat Tzav

04/03/2020 12:00:50 PM

Apr3

           Shabbat Shalom! This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Tzav, in which Moses anoints the Tabernacle and the priests. The parasha also goes into how the priests facilitate the sacrifices, but it still requires active participation on the part of the Israelite making the sacrifice. Though the priests, as well as Moses, are there to help and serve in some ways as the conduit between...Read more...

Parashat Vayikra

03/27/2020 11:27:07 AM

Mar27

      Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayikra, the start of the Book of Leviticus and its numerous laws about sacrifices. There are different types of sacrifices named in the parasha - wheat meal, various types of animals, sacrifices to expiate for...Read more...

Parashat Vayek'hel-Pekudei, or, Love in the Time of Corona

03/20/2020 06:15:25 PM

Mar20

 

Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayikehel-Pekudei, in which we see more of the descriptions and directions of the Mishkan unfold. Betzalel and Ohaliav, master architect and artisan, are appointed to oversee the building and decorating of this holy space. The double parasha ends back on talking some more about...Read more...

Parashat Ki Tisa

03/13/2020 01:05:08 PM

Mar13

       Shabbat Shalom. This week's Torah portion is Parashat Ki Tisa which contains one of the most famous stories in the Torah: the building of the Golden Calf. It also opens with some of the instructions regarding the building of the Mishkan and ends with a classic...Read more...

Parashat Tetzaveh (and Purim!)

03/06/2020 01:19:56 PM

Mar6

Shabbat Shalom and Chag Purim Sameach! Though tonight we are kicking off our festive celebrations for Purim, let’s not lose track of our...Read more...

Parashat Terumah

02/28/2020 01:35:42 PM

Feb28

            Shabbat Shalom! This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Terumah, in which the people are asked to start bringing forth gifts to help build the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary that gives God a place to dwell among the Israelites as they wander through the desert. In the Torah, the gifts in question are material goods – gold, silver, cloth, skins, and so on, to physically...Read more...

Parashat Mishpatim

02/21/2020 05:42:26 PM

Feb21

Shabbat Shalom! This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Mishpatim, which contains many rules and ordinances for the Israelites to follow. Mishpatim, in fact, means “rules”. There’s not necessarily a great rhyme or reason to how the rules are ordered in this section, it’s largely a hodgepodge of rules for ethical living that God sort of just info dumps...Read more...

Parashat Beshallach

02/07/2020 04:04:37 PM

Feb7

What is the song that you sing for liberation? No, really, I’m asking you. Take a moment to think about it and answer honestly. If you were facing a huge and positive transition in your life, what would be the song you would want to burst into spontaneously?

For me, I like to listen to and sing along with showtunes...Read more...

Parashat Bo

01/31/2020 03:32:45 PM

Jan31

        Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Bo, in which we read the three final, terrible plagues of Egypt. This parasha is not for the faint hearted, as we read about locust destruction so thorough even the kosher critters couldn’t feed Egypt after they consumed all the crops; a darkness so intense the...Read more...

Parashat Va'era

01/24/2020 05:59:02 PM

Jan24

            Shabbat Shalom! This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Va’era, which includes the first three plagues of Egypt. At the start of the portion, Moses is arguing again with God about his trepidation for the task which God has assigned him. He insists that his speech is no good, he reminds God that...Read more...

Parashat Vayechi

01/10/2020 11:26:17 AM

Jan10

            Shabbat Shalom! This week’s Torah portion is Parashat Vayechi. In this portion, Jacob bestows his living will and testament and his ethical will upon his sons along with blessings for them as he prepares to die. This is the end of the Book of Genesis, but really just the beginning of our great narrative of the Jewish people. This is where we start to see the tribes take...Read more...

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