November 5, 2018

What can we learn about a person's true character from how they treat a camel? Rabbi Lewis breaks down this week's Parsha Chayei Sara.

October 30, 2018

Rabbi Lewis shares some important words in the wake of the horrific tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

October 24, 2018

Wine is depicted in the Torah as both a drink of joy and a drink of disgrace. So what is the deal with wine? Is it good or is it bad? Rabbi Lewis breaks it down for us.

April 10, 2017

There is no question that the Torah has issues with the concept of the innocent being found guilty of crimes they did not commit.  One of the ten commandments addresses false witness, and as anyone who has studied the laws of murder in the Mishnah can attest, the Torah...

August 21, 2015

In our prayers onRoshhashanah,we ask :"G-d listen B'-koli" literally "IN my voice" and then immediately after that we beseech Him "let Your ears listen-L'-koli" "TO my voice".

Why dowe havethe seeminglyrepetitive verses yet with the nuanced changefrom IN my voice to TO...

May 18, 2015

The Torah had to be received by the whole Jewish nation. And it was.

 

When the people arrived at Mount Sinai in preparation for accepting their mission, the verse changes the syntax, and uses a singular form instead of plural. "And he camped opposite the montain" Rashi,...

March 2, 2015

It is one line that Mordechai says to Esther during the Purim saga that is a life changing moment for her. When Mordechai hears about Haman's plans to annihilate the Jews in the Persian empire, he dons sackcloth and sends a secret message to Queen Esther begging her to...

February 24, 2015

Clothing, like everything in the Torah, reveals a deeper lesson. The Talmud points out that the clothing of the Kohein, the priest, served as an atonement for the wrongdoings of the Jewish people. His me-il, the coat, atoned for Lashon Hara--Gossip. It was a garment th...

February 19, 2015

A box within a box within a box. This week's Torah portion discusses the Mishkan, the tabernacle, and all of its parts and components. In describing the specifications for the ark, G-d commands that it be a gold box and inside that box a wooden box and inside that wood...

February 9, 2015

This week the Torah speaks about social justice laws: the laws and obligations that pertain to interpersonal relationships.The Torah understands that people react to comments or events within a context and expects that we take this it into account in our relationships....

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