Category Archives: Parshat

Celebrating the American Ideal through the Lens of Parshat Balak

In 21st Century America, many of us are acutely aware of living at the confluence of multiple identities. We have increasing opportunities to celebrate and proclaim our overlapping identities, due, in large part, to the freedom that has always lived at the … Continue reading

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Shabbat Shoftim & Rosh Chodesh Elul ~ At the Confluence of Justice and Love

As we entered Shabbat last weekend, we also turned from the month of Av to the month of Elul on the Hebrew calendar. The month of Elul is the last month before the beginning of the Jewish year ~ Rosh … Continue reading

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Speaking to the Rock ~ The Power of our Tone and Body Language in Speech

This week, Chukat, in our cycle of Torah, we remain in the wilderness/B’midbar (also know as Numbers) continuing both the journey of learning “the rules” of behavior and right relationship, and the physical journey of travel from slavery in Egypt to the promised … Continue reading

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Walking in the Light of God ~ Parshat Bechukotai

The following is an offering from AJWS (American Jewish World Service) authored by Lisa Exler and originally published as part of the AJWS weekly Dvar Tzedek series in May, 2011. Walking—putting one foot after the other—is, for many of us, … Continue reading

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Eco-Kashrut, Wellness, and Ritual ~ A 21st Century Perspective on Parshat Shemini

The ritual sacrifice chronicled in the book of Leviticus/Vayikra could turn many of us (so removed from the meat that magically appears on our tables) into vegetarians, especially if we were to construct in our minds a big-screen, motion picture (a … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayinafash ~ EnSOULing Ourselves, Observing Shabbat

A reminder to join our kehilla this Shabbat/Saturday morning, March 19th, when we will gather for Shabbat Vayinafash, a contemplative approach to Shabbat morning worship and Torah. We will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon in our worship space at Covenant Presbyterian Church. … Continue reading

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Shabbat Vayinafash – Re-Ensouling Ourselves as We Enter Shabbat’s Sanctuary

A reminder to join our kehilla this Shabbat/Saturday morning, February 20th, when we will gather for Shabbat Vayinafash, a contemplative approach to Shabbat morning worship and Torah. We will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon in our worship space at Covenant Presbyterian Church. … Continue reading

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Coupling Yitro, Priest of Midian, with Revelation at Sinai … Deep Ecumenism, Perhaps

This week’s Torah portion, in which we experience revelation at Sinai, is named for Moshe’s father-in-law, Yitro (Jethro). Yitro wasn’t a member of b’nei Yisrael/the children of Israel. On the contrary, he was a priest of Midian, which means that Moshe … Continue reading

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Shabbat Toldot (Generations) ~ Family; it’s Complicated!

This week’s Torah portion highlights some of the darkest stories of one of the most complicated, dysfunctional families in all of Scripture.  Rebecca becomes pregnant and the twins, Jacob and Esau, wrestle in their mother’s womb, a struggle that continues throughout … Continue reading

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The Gifts We Bring …

Creating a worship service for and with a 21st-Century progressive kehilla (community) … say, The Little Minyan Kehilla, perhaps … bears a striking resemblance to many of the passages in this week’s  Torah portion – Parshat Vayak’hel.   To begin … Continue reading

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