Shmot

Parashat Vayak’hel / P’kudei 5780

March 20, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

  A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayak’hel P’kudei By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11)What does it mean to have a “willing heart?” The phrase is used three times in the opening verses of this week’s parashah, Vayak’hel/P’kudei (Exodus 35:5, 22, and 29). It … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Ki Tisa 5780

March 12, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Ki Tisa By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) In Parashat Ki Tisa Aaron has been left in charge of the Israelites while Moses is meeting with God atop Mount Sinai. As the brother of Moses, Aaron is … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Tetzaveh 5780

March 6, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Purim: When Israel truly accepted Torah A D’var Torah for Parashat Tetzaveh By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) One of the visual highlights of the regular Shabbat service occurs after we complete our weekly Torah reading. Within the Asheknazi (European) tradition, … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Terumah 5780

February 28, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Terumah By Rabbi David Markus Sometimes it’s what Torah doesn’t say. Listen to Torah’s silence and she might reveal whole new worlds just waiting for you to hear them into being. With this week’s Parashat Terumah, … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Mishpatim 5780

February 20, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Knowing What We Don’t Know A D’var Torah for Parashat Mishpatim By Rabbi Jill Hammer Parashat Mishpatim deals, among many other matters, with the laws of robbery. Exodus 22:1-2, which is part of the larger discussion of robbery, reads: “If one finds … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Yitro 5780

February 12, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Yitro By Rabbi Heidi Hoover (’11) This week’s Torah portion includes the single most intense episode in the whole Torah—the revelation of Torah at Mount Sinai. The Israelites, having left Egypt, stand together at the … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Beshalah 5780

February 7, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Beshalah By Rabbi Len Levin This week’s joyful song at the crossing of the Sea is ensconced in the daily liturgy, morning and evening: “Who is like You, O Lord, among the celestials; who is … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Bo 5780

January 29, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Bo By Rabbi Bruce Alpert (’11) “This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months.” (Exodus 12:2) This has to be one of the most jarring verses in all of Torah. After eleven uninterrupted … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Va’era 5780

January 22, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Va’era By Cantor Sandy Horowitz (’14) Parashat Va’era begins with a continuation of the interaction between God and Moses from last week’s parasha. This week’s conversation seems to be a “do-over”, perhaps the result of God’s … Continue reading »

 

Parashat Shemot 5780

January 16, 2020 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Antisemitism Then and Now A D’var Torah for Parashat Shemot By Rabbi Irwin Huberman (’10) There is a gnawing question that has plagued many commentators, as we witness in this week’s Torah portion, what could be referred to as the … Continue reading »