Wise Women, Leadership, and Zealotry

As you read about and watch this week’s Torah portion, some ideas to consider: Is zealotry ever warranted? Why and why not? What do Zelophechad’s five daughters have to teach you about speaking truth to power? What do you think of Moshe’s reaction to being told he is going to die without going into Israel? […]

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The Death of Moses and The Torah’s End

Every year, like clockwork, we get to the last chapter of the Torah on the very last holiday of the fall season, Simhat Torah (literally: “rejoicing with the Torah”) coming exactly 23 days after Rosh Ha-Shana (the new year.)   On Simhat Torah, we read Deuteronomy chapters 33 and 34, describing the death of Moses, the […]

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Writing Our Legacy

Outside, even here in northern California, we feel the seasons changing — time to shut the windows at night. It’s the new month of Tishray, the month loaded with Jewish holidays. It’s officially fall, which signals the very end of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah portions. This week’s portion is VaYelech which means “And […]

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