Parashat Vayikra 5778

March 15, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Vayikra Rabbi Bruce Alpert, ’11 Egg yolks, oil, water, flour, sugar and yeast.  For nearly twenty years I have been adding these ingredients to my bread machine on Friday morning.  When I return home in … Continue reading »


March 8, 2018 – Parashat VaYakhel-Pekudei, 5778

March 8, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

You Gotta Have Heart…or Do You? A D’var Torah for VaYakhel-Pekudei by Rabbi Rena H. Kieval, ’06 The great communal building project of the mishkan, the wilderness tabernacle, finally gets underway in this week’s double Torah portion, and the participants … Continue reading »


Parashat Ki Tissa, 5778

February 28, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Society’s Golden Calves A D’var Torah for Ki Tissa by Rabbi Irwin Huberman, ’10 While attending a conference last year on future trends in Judaism, one of the presenters – a rabbi – told the story of how he had … Continue reading »


Parashat Tetzaveh, 5778

February 21, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

Breastplate of Judgment A D’var Torah for Tetzaveh Rabbi Lenny Levin  “You shall make a breastplate of judgment…set in it mounted stones in four rows…corresponding to the names of the sons of Israel” (Ex. 28:15–21). We know from experience how … Continue reading »


Parashat Terumah, 5778

February 15, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Parashat Mishpatim by Rabbi Isaac Mann This week’s Torah portion deals with the construction of the Mishkan (the Tabernacle) and the various vessels to be placed in it or in front of it. Most of the … Continue reading »


Parashat Mishpatim, 5778

February 8, 2018 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

A D’var Torah for Mishpatim by, Cantor Sandy Horowitz, ’14 Parashat Mishpatim contains over fifty laws covering a range of subjects, which are related to the Israelite people by God through Moses. Having just received the ten commandments in the previous … Continue reading »


Parashat Va’era, 5778

January 11, 2018 | Filed in: Shmot

Exodus: God, Women, and Dr. King A D’var for Parashat Va’era by Rabbi Rena H. Kieval ’06 “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” That is the name of Hollywood’s most recent major film version of the seminal story of our people.  The title resonates … Continue reading »


Parashat Shemot, 5778

January 5, 2018 | Filed in: Shmot

The Power of Your Hebrew Name A D’var for Parashat Shemot by Rabbi Irwin Huberman ’10 A popular website which monitors facts relating to pregnancy, birth, and babies recently released its list of the most popular baby names for 2017. … Continue reading »


Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei

March 22, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Cantor Sandy Horowitz Ancestors. We begin praying the Amidah by invoking them: as we acknowledge the presence of God, we do so by stating that this is also the God of our patriarchs. In recent times, more liberal streams of … Continue reading »


Parshat Ki Tisa

March 16, 2017 | Filed in: Divrei Torah, Shmot

by Rabbi Michael Pitkowsky This week’s parashah, Ki Tisa, includes one of the most dramatic episodes in the entire Torah, the Golden Calf. The description found in the Torah has rebellion, passion, emotion, idolatry, and violence, all of the ingredients … Continue reading »