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  • Torah portion: Darkness will become light

    August 10, 2016 | 8:50 am

    “Had I not fallen, I could not have arisen; had I not sat in the darkness, He would not have been a light for me.”

    — Midrash Tehillim

    This week’s portion is the beginning of the Book of Deuteronomy, which is read immediately before the holiday of Tisha b’Av, one of the most...

  • Torah portion: On speaking in (evil) tongues

    April 13, 2016 | 10:23 am

    Life and death are in the hands of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21).

    As we prepare for our Passover seders, the teachings found in this week’s Torah portion are more applicable than ever. Not necessarily because the portion deals with “leprosy” and how it is cured by the Kohen, but...

  • Torah portion: The Jewish Black Swan

    January 13, 2016 | 10:45 am

    “Come to Pharaoh, for I have made his heart and the heart of his servants stubborn so that I can put these signs of Mine in his midst; and so that you may relate in the ears of your son and your son’s son … how I displayed My signs among them — that you may know that I am HaShem”...

  • Torah portion: Yom Kippur a coming home for the Jewish soul

    October 8, 2015 | 11:07 am

    It happens every year. People come to services for Rosh Hashanah and remember how meaningful Judaism can be in their lives. They fast and pray fervently on Yom Kippur and come up to the rabbi to talk about their great revelation: They are Jews and are going to start coming to...

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s condemnation of Harlan Crow

    September 25, 2015 | 10:45 am

    Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC’s recent condemnation of Senator Rubio’s event at the home of Harlan Crow on the basis of Mr. Crow’s book collection is not only intellectually dishonest, but demonstrates a distinct and offensive lack of...

  • Torah portion: Be prepared, Parashat Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)

    July 1, 2015 | 1:34 pm

    I remember years ago being with Michael Meade, one of the greatest storytellers in North America, when he shared the Irish folk belief that before a raconteur can truly tell a story to a group, he must prepare for it by telling another, different tale. Judaism has always recognized...

  • Torah portion: Building a community on individual effort

    March 11, 2015 | 11:11 am

    “Do not regard anyone with contempt, and do not reject anything, for there is no man who does not have his hour and nothing which does not have its place.”

    — Ben Azzai, Pirkei Avot 4:3

    The two Torah portions of Vayakhel and Pekudei comprise the closing chapters of the book of...

  • Torah portion: Dream a little dream

    November 25, 2014 | 9:21 am

    “Although I have hidden my face from Israel, I will communicate with him through dreams” (Bavli, Chagigah 5b).

    This week’s portion begins with Jacob’s famous dream: “He dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven, and behold the angels of...

  • The big choice

    June 11, 2014 | 9:16 am

    I’ve always held the belief that if three or more diverse cultures have the same teaching, that teaching may be worthwhile and worth exploring. Nearly every tradition in the world teaches that all personal choices are, at their deepest level, based on choosing between faith and...

  • Into The Looking Glass, Reflections from the High Holy Days … and How to Hang a Mirror

    By Cantor Harris Shore, The Handy Hazzan

    October 27, 2011 | 6:44 pm

    Yes, The Handy Hazzan has been away for a while.  By the end of July I was already focused on developing the choir for The New Shul of the Conejo, where I was most fortunate to serve as Hazzan for the High Holy Days alongside Rabbi Gershon Weissman and my friend and colleague, Rabbi...

  • Ultimate fighting strategies

    September 7, 2011 | 11:45 am

    This week’s Torah portion seems to begin and end with “politically incorrect” recommendations for war, death and destruction. Starting with, “When you will go out to war” (Deuteronomy 21:10), the portion ends with, “You shall wipe out the memory of Amalek from under the...