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Sondra Baras

Trumah (Offering) – Exodus 25:1 – 27:19

G-d does not need our worship. He does not need for us to build Him a house. G-d wants us to build that house so that it can be an effective tool for us to come close to G-d. May we never lose our ability to distinguish between the medium and the ultimate goal, between the vehicles of our faith and faith itself.

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Bereisheet (In the Beginning) Genesis 1:1 – 6:8
On: Feb 15, 2021
By: Kim Troup

We begin the cycle again. Last weekend we celebrated Simchat Torah and read the final chapters of Deuteronomy with special ceremony. We then proceeded to read the first chapter of Genesis, as a way of saying that the Torah never ends, but every ending includes with it a new beginning.

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Mishpatim (Laws) – Exodus 21:1 – 24:18
On: Feb 10, 2021
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with Chapter 21 of the Book of Exodus. It is a portion full of laws, pertaining primarily to the ethical standards of behavior that a Jew must follow, but which actually form the basis of so much of what has become known as Judeo-Christian law and ethics.

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The Ten Commandments
On: Feb 1, 2021
By: Kim Troup

The Ten Commandments are often touted as the single most important part of the Bible, the ten most important declarations that G-d ever made to humanity.

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Yitro (Jethro) – Exodus 18:1 – 20:23
On: Feb 1, 2021
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion begins with Jethro’s historic visit to the Children of Israel in the desert. The story begins in Exodus Chapter 18: “And Jethro, the priest of Midian, Moses’s father-in-law, heard of all that G-d did to Moses and to his nation Israel, that He brought Israel out of Egypt.”

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Beshalach (As He Sent) – Exodus 13:17 – 17:16
On: Jan 27, 2021
By: Kim Troup

This week’s portion tells the story of the parting of the Red Sea, the culmination of the Exodus from Egypt, and includes the Song of Moses (and the shorter Song of Miriam). Grand events happen in this week’s Torah reading and it is, indeed, an awe- inspiring few chapters.

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Vaera (And I Appeared) – Exodus 6:2 – 9:35
On: Jan 14, 2021
By: Kim Troup

Are we ready for redemption? This week’s portion begins with Exodus Chapter Six verse 2. G-d speaks to Moses and explains to him that He is the G-d that appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, that He hears the suffering of the Children of Israel and that He will keep His promise with their forefathers […]

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Israel Deserves Better Leadership!
On: Jan 4, 2021
By: Elyshia Johnson

More than 2000 years ago, the Maccabees rebelled against the Syrian Greeks and miraculously defeated them, liberating the Jews from pagan rule and re-entering the Sacred Temple in Jerusalem.  They immediately set to work, purifying the Temple and renewing the ancient services.  But when they tried to light the Menorah, they discovered that there was only enough pure olive oil to last one day. 

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