4 Adar 5780

February 28, 2020 From the spiritual to the ordinary, from the metaphysical to the concrete, this week’s Torah reading, Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19), takes us from the extraordinary event at Mt. Sinai to the simplicity of everyday life.  It is one thing to be overwhelmed by lightning and thunder, to be awe-struck by the voice of God…

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27 Shevat 5780

February 21, 2020 Case number one: A person was standing outside the house of prostitution, trying to decide:  Should I or shouldn’t I? Should I go in or not? The person said: I am not married, and so I won’t be breaking trust with anyone if I go in.  Right?  And besides, I am in…

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20 Shevat 5780

February 14, 2020 I have always found it surprising and instructive that this week’s portion, Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23), which contains the revelation at Sinai and the Ten Commandments, is named for a pagan priest. What could be more important in our tradition than the giving of the Torah at Sinai? And yet our Torah portion…

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13 Shevat 5780

February 7, 2020 In this week’s Torah portion, Beshalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16), we have finally emerged from the darkness of Egypt and we are now headed into a different sort of darkness, the darkness of the unknown.  Trapped between Pharaoh’s army and the Sea, the people turn to their leader Moses and say “Why did you take us out here…

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