Tezave- weekly Torah portion

This week’s portion of the Torah begins with the words, “You shall charge the sons of Israel, that they bring you clear oil of beaten olives for the light, to make a lamp burn continually.” In the Hebrew version the word תמיד (tamid) is used and the question is what is the meaning of this word in this particular context. Commentators of the Torah disagreed on the actual meaning. Rashi explained that it is a candle that should be shed light throughout the night hours but there is no need for it to be lit during the day. His understanding of the word ‘tamid’ is of something that repeats itself over and over again but it does not require continuity of the light of the candle. That is, the candl

Truma- weekly Torah portion

Giving is integral to being Jewish. The period of time we are beginning now is a special time where we talk and deal with giving, making donations, investing in doing good, it enforces our Judaism, makes it present in our lives, our families lives, our congregations’ and anyone who happens to be around us. We begin the time of conscious giving with the reading of this week’s portion of the Torah, Truma, Contribution. It opens with a demand to Moses, “Tell the sons of Israel to raise a contribution for Me; from every man whose heart moves him you shall raise My contribution. This is the contribution which you are to]raise from them: gold, silver and bronze, blue, purple and scarlet material,

Mishpatim- weekly Torah portion

This is a special Shabbat in general and especially for me, because this Shabbat Shekalim is also the very Shabbat when I was called to the Torah for the first time. Then, in February 1969 there was no Reform congregation in Netanya, and I suppose that we were not even aware of its existence in Israel. It is therefore that I had my Bar Mitzvah at the Orthodox synagogue uphill from where I live also today. I learned the Maftir and Haftorah from a pleasant voiced teacher. My mother, sister, grandmother and aunts, as well as the rest of the women and girls were not allowed beside me to celebrate together this special moment in my life. They were segregated up there at the ladies section of the

Yitro- weekly Torah portion

Ten Commandments. The essence of the essence. The words of law, that echo for thousands of years of judicial development. Today I would like to review only three, the second, fourth and sixth commandments. Each of the ten is worthy to be talked about as each engulfs an entire world, each demands time and attention, at least on this Shabbat of the portion of Jethro of the Torah and the Shabbat when we read from the portion of VaEtchanan. I deliberately chose these three commandments and I shall of course explain. The second commandment basically says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” The fourth commandment deals with the Shabbat, “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days y

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