Torah Reflections – June 19-25, 2016

Behaalot’cha Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 Receiving Torah with a Kiss   Arguably, the most important moment in the entire Jewish Bible, is that of the Revelation at Sinai and of matan Torah, of God gifting Torah. “Torah” means “teaching.” There, atop the trembling...

Torah Reflections – June 12-18, 2016

Naso Numbers 4:21 – 7:89 Freedom From The Yoke of Desires   Mindfulness is often described as the art of being present to each moment, of paying attention to each experience in our everyday life. Interestingly, paying attention in Hebrew is “lasim lev,” meaning...

Torah Reflections – June 5-11, 2016

B’midbar Numbers 1:1 – 4:20  We Lose Our self to Find Our Self The midrash relating to the opening of this week’s Torah portion, “B’midbar,” meaning: “In the wilderness;” asks its reader: “Why was the Torah given...

Torah Reflections – May 29 – June 4, 2016

B’chukotai Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34 The Evolving God of Our Understanding The last Torah portion in the Book of Leviticus, B’chukotai, begins with: “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments…” [Lev. 26:3] and continues with defining for us...

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