18 May 2017

Download a printer friendly version here. Please click HERE to listen to this week’s audio recording read by Rabbi Joseph Dweck Haftara for Behar-Behukotai 5777: Zombie Universe ‘My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth’s loveliness’. — Michelangelo Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14  Synopsis Yirmiyahu opens…

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30 Mar 2017

Download a printer friendly version here Haftara for Vayikra 5777: The Narcissist’s God ‘If triangles had a god, they would give him three sides’. — Charles de Montesquieu  Isaiah 43:21 – 44:23  Synopsis God speaks through Yishaya telling the Jewish people in the Babylonian exile that they have burdened…

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03 Jun 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Behukotai 5776: Strings Attached We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers. — Seneca As we close the book of Vayikra with the reading of Perashat Behukotai a…

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08 Apr 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Tazria (HaHodesh) 5776 – Wonders of Childbirth ‘A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God…

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23 Mar 2016

Download a printer friendly version here. Tzav 5776: Quality, Not Quantity When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and no one will ever see it. You’ll know it’s…

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17 Jul 2015

Matot – Mas’e 5775: Town and Country  “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” — Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the…

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14 May 2015

Behar-Behukotai 5775: Law of the Land “Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.” — Henry David Thoreau Before a Torah was ever mentioned, G-d established a covenant in which He promised land to our forefathers and their descendants. Torah was given as the terms of…

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08 May 2015

Emor 5775: The Seasons of Our Lives “Time is on my side, yes it is.”  — Mick Jagger Among the many commandments relating to kohanim and offerings in this parasha, it concludes with a full treatment of the festivals that we are commanded to keep. While many of them…

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01 May 2015

  Ahare Mot-Kedoshim 5775: In the Driver’s Seat  “…you will find—invisible, unrecorded, and unrecordable—both beauty and love. And where do they come from? From the same place as the soul, a place totally outside the mechanism.”  — Mark Helprin  “Let us understand what our own selfish genes are up…

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17 Apr 2015

Shemini 5775: Out of Bounds It is said that love should know no bounds. We are taught that it should be all embracing, indiscriminate and unconditional. These points may indeed be true when speaking of the extent of the love we feel for someone for whom we care. Yet,…

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