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Weekly Shabbat Message

  • Shabbat Korah 5779 The opening words of this Torah portion remind me of the grammar joke I always loved: “This sentence no verb.” In the case of our reading, Parshat Korah, we find the following: “Vayikah Korah…vayakumu lifnei Moshe–Korah [and Datan and Aviram took…and they arose.” This sentence has a verb, but its first verb has no object. Korah ...
  • Shabbat Shelah-Lekha 5779 It’s not easy to cope with conflicting opinions or contradictory information. That was the conundrum facing the Israelites when they heard the report of the scouts in this week’s Torah reading, Shelah-Lekha. On the one hand, they heard that the land which God has promised them is “eretz okhelet yoshveha–one that devours her settlers” (Numbers 13:32); on ...
  • Shabbat Beha’alotekha 5779 What gets you up and moving in the morning? For the Israelites, there were two signals that it was time for the camp to mobilize. One was the cloud (Numbers 9:15-23), and the other was the trumpets (10:1-10). Almost immediately after we learn of these signals in this week’s Torah reading, Beha’alotekha, there’s a travel crisis. ...
  • Shabbat Naso 5779 The most famous passage in this week’s Torah portion, Naso, is the priestly blessing, Birkat Kohanim. We use it liturgically in the repetition of the ‘Amidah, and it forms our regular blessing of children at Shabbat dinner. Its magnificent conclusion is the ultimate blessing–that of peace.   Thus, it is noteworthy and somewhat ironic that this blessing appears in Sefer Bemidbar, Numbers, the first ...
  • Shabbat Bemidbar 5779 As we prepare to enter Shabbat Bemidbar and Shavu’ot, we are attuned to the sounds of Revelation. The area I’d like us to consider this year is the pitch and tone of those sounds. Our theme for Saturday night’s Tikkun Leil Shavu’ot is “Women’s Voices in Torah.” In anticipation, I’d like us to consider how our gender might influence the way ...
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