Noach

The flood of Noah And the tower of Babel How does God react? Several years ago I taught a third-grade Religious school class focused...

Bereshit

God’s a baseball fan Look at how the Torah starts “In the big inning” With apologies to those who expected to find a more...

Simchat Torah

On Simchat Torah We learn a little “secret” Hidden in the scroll As the High Holy Day season comes to a close, we celebrate...

Ha’azinu

Martin Luther King Inspired by this week’s portion In his final speech Deuteronomy 32:48-52 That very day God spoke to Moses: Ascend these heights...

Yom Kippur

Yom HaKipurim G’mar Chatimah Tovah May you be inscribed   Wishing an easy fast and a meaningful Yom Kippur to all.  

Vayeilech

Moses announces: “I will not cross the Jordan, Joshua will lead” Deuteronomy 31:2-3 I am now one hundred and twenty years old, I can...

Nitzavim

We stand together Before Adonai our God To enter the Brit Deuteronomy 29:9,11 You stand this day, all of you, before Adonai your God...

Ki Tavo

Before we can hear Before we can truly hear There must be silence Deuteronomy 27:9 –¬†Moses and the levitical priests spoke to all Israel,...

Ki Teitzei

Defiant children? Torah calls on the neighbors To help reign them in Deuteronomy 21:18-21 If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who...

Shoftim

Don’t judge unfairly Don’t show partiality Don’t take any bribes Deuteronomy 16:18-19 You shall appoint judges and officials for your tribes, in all the...

Tzav

Seeking holiness? Surround yourself with people Seeking holiness This week’s haiku...