Freedom Through Compassion: Bo

Freedom Through Compassion: Bo Bo: Exodus 10:1 – 13:16   The verses of our weekly Torah reading focuses on the ten plagues that God inflicts upon Egypt as part of His liberation plan for us. Following each Divine strike, Moses is sent to plead with Pharaoh...

The Many Names of God: Va’Eira

The Many Names of God: Va’Eira Va’Eira: Exodus 6:2 – 9:35 This week’s Torah portion opens with a compelling affirmation: “God (Elohim) spoke to Moses and said to him: ‘I Am the Eternal (YHVH).’” [Ex. 6:2] I often wonder how people read this opening:...

God Was In This Place!: VaYeitzei

God Was In This Place!: VaYeitzei VaYeitzei: Genesis 28:10 – 32:3   There is one verse in this week’s Torah portion which encompasses the entirety of the Kabbalistic endeavor: “Waking from his sleep, Jacob said, ‘Truly, the Eternal is in this place, and I...

Inward Bound: Tol’dot

Inward Bound: Tol’dot Tol’dot: Genesis 25:19 – 28:9   There is a popular ice-breaker I often use to start a workshop or a meeting. I ask the people present, as they introduce themselves to the group, to add before their name an adjective that...