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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?

The Hypocrisy of the International Community

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. 

Beshalach (As He Sent) – Exodus 13:17 – 17:16

Portion Beshalach asks the question: Where do we go from here?

As Israel grapples with this week’s tragic loss of 21 soldiers, many find themselves asking the same question. Shmuel finds an answer in the wisdom of the Torah and in insight from his young daughter. Join Shmuel for an answer, assurance, and portion Beshalach!

Happy Tu Bi Shvat!

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print January 23, 2024 Thanks to you, CFOIC was able to plant a grove of young trees in Gitit, just in time for Tu B’shvat! Tu B’Shvat is the new year for trees and is traditionally celebrated by planting trees and eating fruits and nuts native to Israel. This new grove … Read more

Bo (Go) – Exodus 10:1 – 13:16

In Parsha Bo Moshe is faced with plagues and impending departure from Egypt. However, he is concerned about the story that will be told to subsequent generations of the Children of Israel. What legacy developed and why is it important? Join Shmuel for portion Bo, the Nobel Prize, and the exodus from Egypt!

Vaera (And I Appeared) – Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

Did the staff of Aaron turn into an alligator? Why did the staff turn into a creature or an animal anyway? This event sent a message to Pharaoh that echoes today. Join Shmuel for the 10 plagues, the snake and the staff, and more Torah inspiration!

Shemot (Names) – Exodus 1:1 – 6:1

We start a new book this week! Shemot means “names” and the names of the people of Israel have as much significance as the names of the stars. The children of Israel were a nation of slaves, yet their names were still important to G-d who heard their cry. Join Shmuel for this week’s Torah portion!

Vayechi (And He (Jacob) Lived) – Genesis 47:28 – 50:26

Portion Vayechi is the last portion of the book of Genesis. It is also Shmuel’s 40th birthday this week! Shmuel digs into his bar mitzvah portion reflecting on the famed Zionist Max Nordau, the burial place of Rachel, and three important words from Jeremiah. Join Shmuel for portion Vayechi!