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 this Shabbat is  Beshallach (Exodus13:17-17:16). This Sabbath in Jewish tradition is also known as Shabbat Shirah (the Sabbath of Song) because within the parsha is

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vaayra (Exodus 6:2-9:35). While the focus in this parsha seems to be the initial six plagues inflicted upon Egypt which will eventual lead to the

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Dear Friends,

The Torah portion this Shabbat is Shemot (Exodus 1:1-6:1). As we begin the Book of Exodus, we are reminded of the descendants of Jacob/Israel who settled and prospered in Egypt. We

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayyechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26). This is the concluding parsha in the Book of Genesis and the last opportunity Jacob has to act on those insights which

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayyiggash (Genesis 44:18-47:27). It begins with the impassioned plea by Judah for the well-being of his brother, Benjamin, and ultimately for his

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Mikketz (Genesis 41:1-44:17). We will sometimes describe our life experiences as like being on a roller coaster. We mean, of course, that we

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayyeshev (Genesis 337:1-40:23). The focus of our narrative shifts to Jacob's children. Unlike the narratives of Abraham and Isaac's descendents where the

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion for this week is Vayyishlach (Genesis 32:4-36:43). Along our daily travails of life's journey we often struggle with encounters both with others and with ourselves.

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion for this Shabbat is Vayyetze (Genesis 28:10-32:3). We usually associate dreaming in the Genesis narratives with Joseph, whose birth will occur later in our parsha

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The leaves have fallen and winter approaches.  Now is the time for us to transition from warm season to cold, and turn inward to reflect on the year that has passed and the possibilities of the

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayyera (Genesis 18:1-22:2). Within its narrative, the parsha deals with the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah, Ishmael and Hagar and the Akeidah (the

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Lech Lecha (Genesis 12:1-17:27). In many respects this parsha is another in a series of creation stories which explores the multi-layered development

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Dear Friends,

Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Noach (Genesis 6:9-11:32). The opening verses of this parsha implicitly raise an important question about the sense of immortality offered through

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Dear Friends, 

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Bereshit (Genesis 1:1-6:8).  We begin anew.  We start again to explore the yearly cycle of the Torah readings.  The sacred text will be the same, but we

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Dear Friends,

          In the midst of the festival of Sukkot, the Fall harvest celebration, we read a special Torah portion for this Sabbath (Exodus 33:12-34:26). The themes of Sukkot speak not only of the

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Haazinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52).  This parsha is known as The Song of Moses.  It is written in a poetic style which serves as a bookend to The Song of the Sea

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Dear Friends, 

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Vayelech (Deuteronomy 31:1-30). To understand the power of its opening verse ("Moses went and spoke these words to all Israel"), we need to link it

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ar Friends,          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20). In just a few days, Jews throughout the world will gather to welcome the new year of 5773.  While it will be a "New

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Kee Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8).  Within the parsha is the beginning section of  Moses' third series of teachings to the community of Israel, but what we

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Dear Friends,

          Our Torah portion this Shabbat is Kee Tetze (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19). The parsha reflects on an array of rules and principles of daily living. We are reminded that the life of faith is

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