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Stepping away

Hello all. If you’ve noticed, there weren’t any posts the last couple of weeks, and this Shabbat is no different. The last few weeks have been particularly busy, and somehow, it became more important to take something off the schedule … Continue reading

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Balak: A shandah for the neighbors

A Shanda for the neighbors. At the end of the parasha Balak, after we read the oddly humorous yet compelling story of Balak and Balaam, and the talking donkey, we get the first nine verses of Chapter 25 in Bamidbar/Numbers. … Continue reading

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Vayigash: Two sets of brothers

After years of separation, two brothers are finally reunited, falling on each others’ necks and weeping. Yes, you did read about this recently, when Jacob and Esau reconciled in parasha Vayishlach, only a few weeks ago.  Jacob had run away … Continue reading

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Vayetzei: Fiddler and Fair Labor

PERCHIK: Now children, I will tell you the story from the Bible of Laban and Jacob…Now, Laban had two daughters, Leah, and the beautiful Rachel.  And Jacob loved the younger Rachel, and he asked Laban for her hand. Laban agreed, … Continue reading

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Ki Tetze: Keeping an eye out

“If you see your fellow’s ox or sheep gone astray, do not ignore it. You must take it back to your fellow.  If your fellow does not live near you, or you do not know who he is,you shall bring … Continue reading

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V’etchanan: Left behind

Sometimes the relevance of Torah just looks you in the eye and says, “I’m here.” “Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan, that good hill country… but God ..would … Continue reading

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Pikudei: Pay attention to the mix

“The ephod was made of gold, blue, purple, and crimson yarns, and fine twisted linen.” (Ex 39:2) This week’s parasha, Pikudei, restates a lot of what has come before, again laying out the details of the building of the Mishkan, … Continue reading

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