Archive | D’var Torah

Parshat Yitro, Exodus 18:1-20:23

Submission for Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition by Ana Bane   Shabbat Shalom! Many of you are probably familiar with Sir Isaac Newton’s third law of motion: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.  I like to visualize a stone thrown into a pond.  The stone drops into the water, and […]

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TBS Teens Take On Washington DC!

Last weekend I had the privilege of traveling with six of our 11th/12th grade students to L’Taken. This four day intensive social justice program is organized by the Reform movement’s legislative office, the Religious Action Center. During this seminar students learned about current issues in our country and the Jewish values around each. The culmination […]

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Parashat Ki Tisa – Exodus 30:11 – 34:35

Can You Really Ask God That? By Rabbi Beth Kalisch   This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tisa, interrupts the description of the building of the Tabernacle with a long narrative section that includes the story of the Golden Calf, the smashing of the Ten Commandments, the carving of the second set of tablets, and — […]

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Parashat T’tzaveh – Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

The Light that Brings Us Closer to God By Rabbi Beth Kalisch This week’s Torah portion, Parashat T’tzaveh, continues the detailed instructions for the building and decoration of the Tabernacle, our ancestors’ portable sanctuary during the years of wandering in the desert. Most of the details discussed in T’tzaveh, like bejeweled vestments to be worn […]

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Parashat Yitro – Exodus 18:1 – 20:23

Beyond the Noise by Rabbi Beth Kalisch The Revelation on Mt. Sinai . . . the giving of the Ten Commandments . . . our Torah portion, Yitro, describes the scene with great fanfare. The text has given cinematographers plenty of good material: thunder and lightning, smoke rising up into the sky, the whole mountain […]

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Parashat B’Shalach – Exodus 13:17-17:16

On Gazelles and Pillars of Fire By Rabbi Beth Kalisch Traveling in Tanzania on safari, my husband pointed excitedly to a gazelle bending down in the tall grass. After a moment, I realized why he was so excited – the gazelle was standing over a wet, furry ball: a baby gazelle. Newborn gazelles are on […]

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