Naso - weekly Torah portion

In just one week, on the 18th of the month of Sivan 5778. June 1st, 2018, the biennial of the Israel Reform Movement will begin at Kibbutz Shefayim. The excitement is in the air. Each biennial is a reason to rejoice, an opportunity to recharge with the energy necessary so that we can continue our push to drive a rapidly developing Movement, forward. The Movement in Israel does so despite the difficulties piled before it by the governmental bodies which are tainted in favor of the orthodox establishment since the creation of the State. At this biennial we expect an attendance of some one thousand and five hundred participants who will come from Rosh Pina, Carmiel and Naharia in the north all

BaMidbar- weekly Torah portion

The root Pe.Kof.Dalet. (פ.ק.ד.) is used in this week’s portion of the Torah, that opens the book of numbers, in two different meanings. In one we read about the census where the people of Israel are counted and the number amounts to a total six hundred and three thousand and five hundred and fifty. It is a number that excludes the Levites who are not to be counted. However, the root of Pe.Kof.Dalet. is still used in the context of the tribe of Levy although it appears in a different meaning. We read, “But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, an

Behukotai- weekly Torah portion

After going over many laws and commandments we read in this week’s portion from the Torah two promises. The first deals with what shall happen “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out”; the second what happens “if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out all My commandments, and so break My covenant”. Only nine sentences describe what the blessings will be while no less than twenty six are used in the second case. There is no doubt that when it has to do with breaking the law the fury is great, and this is only in anticipation that somet

BeHar Sinai- weekly Torah portion

It is with great sense of pride that I am devoting the week’s Dvar Torah to my daughter Limor on the occasion of receiving her MD degree. Limor has served as an office with the Israel Airforce, now at the rank of Major in reserves. In the past two years she studies at the Sheba Hospital in Tel HaShomer. In her honor I would like to discuss this time three sentence from the portion of BeHar Sinai which we read this Shabbat; “Now in case a brother of yours becomes impoverished and his means with regard to you falter, then you are to sustain him, may he be a stranger or a sojourner, that he may live with you. Do not take usurious interest from him, but revere your God, that your brother may liv

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