Torah Insights

Creating an Environment

This week we reach the peak of the book of Exodus, centering on the instruction “and they shall make me a sanctuary and I will dwell in their midst.” This refers to the Tabernacle, the mobile sanctuary constructed while the
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Blessings and Prayers

  A few weeks ago we read one of the most famous passages in the Torah wherein Moshe was commanded to instruct the Kohanim to bless the entire nation of Israel both in the Temple and for all times. Recently,
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Bells

The theme of this week is “noise.”   We all strive for inner peace and tranquility. When we are productive and feel good about ourselves it is easier; when we mess up it is more difficult as regrets create a
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Bashalach

The first mitzvah given to the people of Israel appeared last week- to count all the months of the year beginning from Nissan. It is the month whose significance is contained in that “in it you came out of Egypt.”
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Balak

In addition to the many details and anecdotes founds within every weekly Torah portion, there is, between the lines, a main theme or message. Often times this central idea is reflected in the title of the parsha. The title of
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Av

Av – Maayan Chai The months in the Jewish calendar are not simply arbitrary ways of marking time. Each contains a distinct flavor, a commemorative association, a unique opportunity and message for our people. This week, we entered a new
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What it Means to be Human

Introduction: This week we conclude the yearly cycle of the Torah and begin it anew. In many ways this first of the five books serves as the foundation for the entire Torah. One encounters seemingly simple “stories,” which from a
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The Hidden Miracles in Everyday Life

Introduction: A basic component of human nature is to strive for success — whether in work, marriage, parenting, interpersonal relationships, health, or any other aspect of our lives. When we evaluate the results in any given area, one of the
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Re’eh

There are two ways to communicate a message: one is through story where the message is more hidden and up to the listener or reader to extract. The other is through a more open declaration. When one reads through the
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Bold, Loyal, and Silent at the Right Time

The general content of this Torah portion records the final three of the ten plagues before the exodus from Egypt. There is a simple and beautiful allusion to this in the name itself- Bo- which is numerically equivalent to three.
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What is Rosh Hashanah?

The “big day” in the Jewish calendar is approaching and people around the world are seeking inspiration, trying to get into spiritual shape for this coming Rosh Hashanah. Every holiday has its unique theme, and a specific mitzvah of the
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An Overlooked Event Sparks a Month of Joy

What is the Jewish view of auspicious times and astrological signs? Interestingly, the mystical tradition teaches that each month of the Hebrew year corresponds to a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, a zodiac sign, one of the twelve tribes of
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