To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

- Ecclesiastes 3:1

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion for this Shabbat is Pinchas (Numbers 25:10-30:1). At the conclusion of last week's parsha (Balak), the actions of the Israelite community return to center stage. In

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9).  This is always an intriguing parsha because the focus is not on the community of Israel, but rather on those who see Israel

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Chukkat (Numbers 19:1-22:1). The parsha begins with the rituals regarding the Red Heifer and its use in a ceremony of purification:  the transformation of

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Korach (Numbers 16:1-18:32). The focus of the narrative in our parsha is the next internal strife within the community of Israel.  This takes the form of

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:-15:41). The parsha opens with the story of the twelve spies sent by Moses to scout out the Promised Land.  The hope is that

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Dear Friends,
          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Shelach Lecha (Numbers 13:-15:41). The parsha opens with the story of the twelve spies sent by Moses to scout out the Promised Land.  The hope is that
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Dear Friends,
         Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Behaalotecha (Numbers 8:1-12:16). It begins with a reference to the seven-branch menorah (candelabra) which was in the Tabernacle and serves to this day
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Dear Friends,

With the completion of the celebration of Shavuot, the holiday which rejoices in the Giving of Torah at Sinai, I am happy to share with you some reflections on the Torah portion for

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion for this Shabbat is Bemidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20). The beginning of the fourth book of Torah portrays the organizational structure of the Israelite tribes and their

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1-27:29).  The concluding parshiot of Leviticus seem to transform the physical nature of sacrifice into a pursuit of the

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Dear Friends,
          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Emor (Leviticus 21:1-24:23). Wedged between precepts dealing with the priesthood and the obligations of the sacrificial cult which begin the parsha
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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is the combined parshiot of Achare-Kedoshim (Leviticus 16:1-20:27). The first of these two portions begins with a haunting reminder of the untimely and

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Dear Friends,
         Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33). The combined parshiot focus on the nature of communicable disease and the public health policies intent on
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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Shemini (Leviticus 9:1-11:47). The parsha opens with the pageantry of the priests entering into their role as the officiants of the sacrificial cult.  There

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Dear Friends,
          Our Torah portion for this Shabbat is a special section from the Book of Exodus for Chol Hamoed Pesach (the Sabbath in the midst of Passover). It is Exodus 33:12-34:26 and is the same
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Dear Friends,

This Sabbath in Jewish tradition is known as Shabbat Hagadol (The Great Sabbath) as it is the Shabbat which precedes the festival of Passover.  The Torah portion is Tzav (Leviticus 6:1-

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Dear Friends,

The Torah portion for this Shabbat is Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10). The parsha continues with the details of the construction of the Tabernacle and then describes, again in great

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Terumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19). There is a pause in the Torah's dramatic narrative of the Mt. Sinai encounter which concluded last week's parsha as we are

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Dear Friends,
 
     Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18).  The parsha delineates an extensive series of civil laws.  Last week’s parsha offered us the Ten Commandments.  A number
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Dear Friends,
         Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Yitro (Exodus 18:1-20:23). The centrality of this parsha is in chapter 20 and the exposition of the Ten Commandments. For those who have been reading
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