Nothing Belongs To Us

Parsha Behar-Bechukotai has two sections. The first, Behar, deals primarily with the rules and regulations pertaining to the land of Israel. We read of the sabbatical (Shmitta) years, in which the land was to lie fallow one out of every seven years, and relate this to observing Shabbat each week. We also read that there […]

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Counting On Us – Parsha Bamidbar

This week’s Torah portion, Bamidbar, literally translating to “in the desert” begins the book of Numbers, a collection of stories pertaining to the children of Israel during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness. The book gets it’s name from the events that open the book a little over two years after the events […]

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Re’eh – See!

Parsha Re’eh – ראה – Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 This week’s parsha, Re’eh, begins with the line “See (re’eh), I place before you today a blessing and a curse.” Basically, Moses is offering the Israelites two options: follow the rules and be blessed; abandon God and be cursed. Moses instructs the people on the laws of the […]

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Shabbat and Trungpa

I was looking up some mystical interpretations for Shabbat, and I started thinking about how you are supposed to get a new soul (or vayinafash, get re-souled), and found the phrase for that special extra shabbat soul- “neshama yesairah.” Apparently Rashi defined this phrase as a “widened heart for resting and happiness,” which for some […]

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Shabbat Shalom, y’all.

Shabbat shalom! I’ve been thinking about the idea that all of this Jewish meditation stuff is nice, but who has time? The truth is that sometimes we just don’t have time to do everything we would like to do. It’s a good practice to see what usually falls away, what doesn’t actually have a high […]

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