Noah - Weekly Torah Portion

The Haftarah for this week comes from the book of Isiah where the prophet calls, “Enlarge the place of your tent; / Stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; Lengthen your cords / And strengthen your pegs. / For you will spread abroad to the right and to the left. / And your descendants will possess nations / And will resettle the desolate cities.” There is a kind of poetic justice listening to these words on the same week where the World Zionist Congress convenes and it seems that some of its leaders have forgotten that their aim is to widen the Zionist camp rather than narrowing it. There is also more poetical justice that on a week where the Knesset votes on the founding of

Bereshit - Weekly Torah Portion

"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.” Try to imagine that moment of light, that instant which separates that darkness from the light, and with it the ability to estimate what is actually happening in the world in the dimension of time. When everything “was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep” it is impossible to comprehend what is happening, time does not exist, everything remains as it was. Then, at one-point time begins, light emerges and the

Simchat Torah 5781 - Weekly Torah Portion

There is something fascinating about the tradition of Simchat Torah where on the very day that the Torah reading is concluded, and without further delay the reading starts from the beginning. It is like an endless circle. Maybe not really a circle but an upward driving spiral where in with each turn we also get a little higher. Maybe not by much but during the cycle we read, study. Learn, think, deduce and arrive to the next cycle better prepared. The reading of the last portion of the Torah concludes with these words, “Although Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died, his eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated. So the sons of Israel wept for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty

Succoth 5781 - Weekly Torah Portion

In Leviticus chapter 23 we read the following, “Again the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the Lord. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the Lord. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the Lord; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.’… ‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest on the first

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