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Purim in the Wake of War

At the conclusion of World War II, the world learned of the horrors that the Nazis had inflicted upon the Jewish people. For the first time in history, a nation had decided to fully exterminate another people, to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of the earth. 

Vayakhel (Gathered) Exodus 35:1-38:20

Portion Vayakhel discusses coming together. This principle has led to community life becoming a firm foundation for the Jewish people. Join Shmuel as he discusses bowling leagues, social capital, and the importance of community.

A Terrible Dilemma

It is a dilemma, a terrible dilemma that hangs over us all. There are still 134 hostages held by the savage, Hamas terrorists in Gaza.

Tezave (You Shall Command) – Exodus 27:20 – 30:10

Welcome to the ordinary days of life around the tabernacle. This portion conveys the importance of consistency. Serving G-d, maintaining relationships, or developing a new habit all must be built on a foundation of consistency. Join Shmuel to learn about the daily sacrifices in the Tabernacle, true love, and consistency.

Mishpatim (Laws) – Exodus 21:1 – 24:18

After the adventures of Genesis and the highs of Mt Sinai, portion Mishpatim leads us to lists of detailed, often boring laws. Why is this? Why does the Torah jump from the exciting to the mundane?