27 Jan 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Shabbat Rosh Hodesh (Va’era/Shebat 5777): Circuit Breakers ‘The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn to change’.— Carl Rogers  ‘There is no present or future, only the past happening again and again, now’. — Eugene…

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19 Jan 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Haftara for Shemot 5777: Speaking Freely ‘In a room where people unanimously maintain a conspiracy of silence, one word of truth sounds like a pistol shot’. ― Czesław Miłosz ‘The limits of my language mean the limits of my world’. — Ludwig Wittgenstein…

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11 Mar 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Pekude 5776: Love and Reverence ‘In love the paradox occurs that two beings become one and yet remain two’.  — Eric Fromm, The Art of Loving Shemot, the book that tells the story of our freedom, ironically ends this week with the setting of…

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03 Mar 2016

Vayakhel-Shekalim 5776 All-In Download a printer friendly version here. Wherein lies happiness? In that which becks  Our ready minds to fellowship divine, A fellowship with essence; till we shine…’  — John Keats Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of the debacle of the Golden Calf Moshe arrives before…

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18 Feb 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Tetsave 5776: Lux in Arcana “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” ― Plato “May it be a light to you in dark places, when all…

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05 Feb 2016

The Torah contains laws that govern slavery, whether captured in war or enslaved to pay off debts. In fact, it is no secret that Sephardim owned slaves. This is particularly true of the Western Sephardim of the 17th and 18th centuries, including those of the Caribbean, New York, Amsterdam,…

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04 Feb 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. “…She learned me about Moses and the Bulrushers, and I was in a sweat to find out all about him; but by and by she let it out that he had been dead for a considerable long time; so then I…

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22 Jan 2016

To view the printer friendly version click here. ‘I’ve written some poetry I don’t understand myself’ — Carl Sandburg When I was six years old I attended Hancock Park elementary school in Los Angeles. My parents had delayed sending me to Jewish day school so that I could be a…

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19 Jan 2016

Sensitivity Even For the Inanimate Right at the end of this week’s Parasha, we are again confronted with the notion of inanimate and lifeless objects seemingly possessing feelings and emotions. The Torah enjoins us (Shemot 20:23): “And you shall not ascend with steps upon My altar (the mizbach haolah),…

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14 Jan 2016

For a printer friendly version click here. Bo 5776: Tale Ends “The tale of someone’s life begins before they are born.” — Michael Wood, Shakespeare The opening line of Perashat Bo ties freedom to telling tales. God informs Moshe that the events in Egypt were carried out so that…

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