March 23, 2017
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The Mitzvah of Our Lives

VaYakhel-P’kudei, Exodus 35:1 – 40:38 Rabbi Isaac Roussel, Congregation Zera Avraham   With this double parasha we have come to the end of the book of Exodus. The last several parashiot have dealt with the detailed instructions and building of the Mishkan (tabernacle) and its various accouterments. In Parashat Terumah it repeatedly uses the word […]

Learn to Listen

Parashat Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35 Jonathan Roush, Beth Messiah Congregation, Montgomery Village, MD People love to talk but hate to listen. Listening is not merely not talking, though even that is beyond most of our powers; it means taking a vigorous, human interest in what is being told us. You can listen like a blank […]

Purim and the Hidden Messiah

Purim—the festival of Esther—is the most light-hearted of the Jewish holidays. Perhaps that’s what leads the sages of the Talmud to ask, “Where is there an allusion to Esther in the Torah?” (Chullin 139b). They answer with a reference to Deuteronomy 31:18, where God warns Israel of exile to come: V’anochi haster asteer panai, “And […]

The Story of Us

Parashat Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 Rabbi Isaac Roussel – Congregation Zera Avraham   Once a year the Queen of England addresses parliament. She enters through a special door, only to be used by the reigning monarch, which leads directly into the House of Lords. She sits on her throne, turns to her steward and says “Fetch […]

In Remembrance: Ellen Goldsmith

Ellen Goldsmith, former president of Ahavat Zion Synagogue (AZS), long-term UMJC supporter, conference speaker, adviser, friend, and colleague to many, passed away after a two-and-a-half year battle with cancer on January 3. A memorial service for Ellen was held on Sunday, February 27, at Granada Heights Friends Church, in La Mirada, California, with hundreds in […]

Building a House for the Holy One

Parashat T’rumah, Exodus 25:1–27:19 Rabbi Stuart Dauermann The Mishkan was the place where the congregation of Israel met with God during their wilderness wanderings. It was a place they built, which God inhabited, and where they could meet with him and honor him. Let’s think together of each of us building a mishkan—a space in […]

History or Law?

Parashat Mishpatim, Exodus 21-24 by Jared Eaton, Simchat Yisrael, West Haven, CT   This week’s parasha may contain one of the most jarring chapters in all of literature. If you were reading the Bible in order up to this point, you would have been looking at the story of God’s relationship with humankind and especially […]

Chosen for What?

Parashat Yitro, Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 By Rabbi Paul L. Saal   In the Broadway classic “Fiddler on the Roof” the main character, Tevye, ironically entreats God, “I know, I know. We are your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t you choose someone else?” In his frustration, Tevye echoes 4000 years of Jewish experience. […]

Song of the Two Miryams

Parashat B’shalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16 Rabbi Barry Rubin, Emmanuel Messianic Jewish Congregation, Clarksville, MD   In this week’s Torah portion, we read what happened after the deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage. Of course, we know that right after Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave Egypt, he regretted his decision and went after them, pushing their […]

Exodus and Intergenerational Connectivity

Parashat Bo, Exodus 10:1–13:16 Rabbi Russ Resnik In the protracted struggle between God and Pharaoh, it’s clear that the Lord is taking this thing personally: “Let my son go that he may serve me. If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son” (Ex. 4:23). These aren’t the words of […]
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