Category Archives: Weekly On-line Rabbi’s D’var-Torah

Some thoughts about the week’s Torah portion.

Teach Them Well

On Monday morning, our Early Learning Center opened its doors for the first day of school. On Wednesday afternoon, our Jewish Learning Center did the same.  Thank God!  It had been way too quiet around here without the kids.  It’s … Continue reading

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Take a Trip

A married couple, together with their four kids and one of their mothers, went on a trip to five national parks.  (No, this is not the description of a National Lampoon movie!)  Some members of the group had been to … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Friend

One of the striking aspects of this week’s portion is the way in which Moses warns the Israelites about the people they will find when they enter the Land of Canaan.  He told them – not once but twice – … Continue reading

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Jews & Food

Although we like to joke about the relationship between Jews and food, God’s provision of sustenance is an important theme in the Torah, and particularly in this week’s portion – Ekev.  Consider these five verses: “[God] will bless the fruit … Continue reading

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Feeling Happy and Holy

For quite a few years now, after the last Bar or Bat Mitzvah in June, we move our Friday night service to 5:45pm, and we keep it at that time until Labor Day.  We would usually get a Minyan – … Continue reading

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“Don’t Try Suicide”

This past week, two different friends in two different cities posted on Facebook about going to see the band Queen perform.  Of all the memorable Queen songs that could pop into my head upon reading this news – Bohemian Rhapsody, … Continue reading

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Setting the Scene

As some of you surely know by now, I am a big fan of “Game of Thrones.”  I started reading (and re-reading) the series years ago, and now that one can only find out what happens via the TV series, … Continue reading

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