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Parshat Lech Lecha-Congregation Mishkan Tefillah

This week we will read parshat Lech lecha. But before we talk about it, let’s take a deep breath and recognize that, at this point in Torah, we haven’t heard from God, in more than three chapters. God has been silent for what we understand to have been 40 generations, that is, since the time of Noah. Now, here comes parshat lech lecha and suddenly, without warning and not even… Read Article →

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Moses, Exodus and Being a Messenger of God

Dvar Torah for Congregation Mishkan Tefillah, Parashat Bo, February 3, 2017* The Biblical teaching that we are created “b’tzelem Elohim”, in the image of God, is a cornerstone of Judaism. Often, we understand it to be a mandate of how we should act toward and treat each other. Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik has another idea. He says is that each one of us is a messenger, created B’tzelem Elohim, in the… Read Article →