Author Archive | Jill Weinthal

Parashat Chukat

By Esther Edelsburg This portion contains a number of topics that give rise to various thoughts and questions – among which stands out the incident of the Waters of Meribah (Num. 20:2-13), and the punishment of Moses and Aaron found in Num. 20:12.  For what, exactly, were they punished?  The text states, “Because you did […]

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Parashat Korach

By Cantor David Reinwald On May 26th, I ventured into two new arenas.  I made my debut leading the TBS Torah Study and I also introduced a new method for Torah study– one that I had never experienced before, but that I had often thought about.  This is the process of studying the meaning of […]

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PARASHAT SHELACH: The Ger

By April Akiva, MAJE Director of Congregational Learning Have you ever sat in Shabbat services, looking around at the diverse faces in the congregation? Who joined the Jewish people in his or her own lifetime?  Who had parents or grandparents as converts?  For those whose families have been Jewish for generations, did they stem from […]

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D’var Torah: Parashat Behar-Bechukotai

D’var Torah: Parashat Behar-Bechukotai By Cantor David E. Reinwald I was recently reminded by a friend that 20 years ago, I celebrated my bar mitzvah.  It was a Jewish leap year in 1992, and thus the Torah portions were broken up from their double portions to fill four extra weeks added to the extra month […]

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PARASHAT EMOR

Parashat Emor: An Eye for an Eye  An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth—what does Judaism really have to say about crime and punishment? Parashat Emor ends with the story of a half-Israelite man who pronounces God’s name in blasphemy while engaged in a fight with another Israelite. And Adonai spoke to […]

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Parashat Tazria-Metzora

Parashat Tazria/Metozra Rabbi Shelton Donnell & Esther Edelsburg Congregation Kol Heneshama, Jerusalem www.kolhaneshama.org.il/eng Our Torah portion for this week deals with matters that might seem to us to be of interest primarily to doctors, particularly dermatologists!  “ADONAI spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: When a person has on the skin of his body a swelling, […]

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Parashat Shemini

D’var Torah: Shemini by Cantor David Reinwald  My focus on this week’s parashah immediately turned to one of the most concerning stories I know from the Torah.  This is the story of Nadav and Abihu, two of the four sons of Aaron, who commit an egregious sin for which they cannot atone.  In turn, they […]

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Parashat Tzav

Rabbi Shelton Donnell & Esther Edelsburg Parashat Tzav adds details to the various sacrifices described in the previous portion, Vayikra – the Olah, the Minha, the offering of Aaron and his sons, the sin and guilt offerings, and the Well-being offerings. Each sacrifice had its specific objective and function pertaining specifically to it, but the […]

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D’var Torah: Vayikra

by Cantor David Reinwald Please read me!, says this Torah portion. And we do.  It is the beginning of the third book of the Torah (Leviticus), and we may walk away saying, how do we apply the things described before us to present-day Judaism? This is because Vayikra deals mainly with the various types of […]

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