Weekly Torah Parsha

  • September 30, 2017

Yom Kippur

Deuteronomy 29:9 - 29:14

  • Yom Kippur morning: In the final address by Moses to the Children of Israel, we are reminded that each and every one of us is a member of the Covenant. From our ancestors at Sinai to this very day, each of us is the heir to this sacred tradition. Our tradition is neither too difficult to learn nor too cumbersome to follow. Regardless of our station in life, Torah belongs to all of us. Finally, we are exhorted to "choose life," to love God, to walk in God's ways, and to keep God's commandments. By doing so, we open our hearts to God and to each other.

    Yom Kippur afternoon: In the climactic chapter of the Book of Leviticus, we read that each of us can be holy. Each of us has the capacity to bring holiness into our lives and into the lives of those around us. Every act, great or small, can bring us closer to the sacred. We are instructed to leave something from our fields for the poor and for the stranger. We are told, "You shall not insult the deaf, or place a stumbling block before the blind." We are reminded that we were once strangers in the Land of Egypt and so we must love the stranger. As the Torah reading on Yom Kippur reminds us, each of us is capable of doing this. The way to a life of holiness is by sanctifying each moment of our lives.
Haftora: Isaiah 58:1 - 58:14 | Jonah 1:1 - 4:11
  • October 07, 2017

Chol HaMo-eid Sukkot | Intermediate Days of Sukkot

Exodus 33:12 - 34:26

  • On the Shabbat during Sukkot, we are reminded of the age-old desire to know God. Moses implores God to let him see God. While God will not allow Moses to see God's face, God tells Moses, "I will make My goodness pass before you…" Perhaps we experience the divine presence through the goodness we create in the world. The Torah then sets forth the thirteen attributes of God, among them that God is compassionate, gracious, slow to anger and abounding in kindness. By emulating these very attributes, we create the goodness which allows us to know God.
Haftora: Ezekiel 38:18 - 39:7
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