Say, What?

Emor, the name of this week’s parasha (Torah portion), simply means “Say,” and this verb is in the imperative mode. Here in the depths of the forests of Leviticus we read about things that Moshe is commanded to say to the people of Israel as they are forming their social structure. This parasha also has […]

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The First Successful Fundraiser!

To consider: What’s the relationship between beauty in the material world and the beauty of the spiritual world? When you are in a place of beauty, how is it easier to get in touch with the Divine, or doesn’t it matter? What about the beautification of the body — does it help to be dressed […]

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Sight and Smell, Bodies, and Losing Faith

To consider as you read about the week’s Torah portion, Ki Tissa: Which of your senses is the most important to you in understanding the world? Is this also the sense that helps you tap into your spiritual self? Why does the writer of the Bible use the human body when describing God? Why did […]

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Who Dwells Where?

Our G-dcast storyteller this week correctly informs us that Parashat Terumah is all about the Israelites’ newest project: building a portable sanctuary (mishkan) for worshipping God, right there in the middle of the desert. God gives the instructions to Moshe/Moses, and then we, as readers, get the dozens of details as a kind of blueprint […]

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Sentences and Laws

Our G-dcast story teller this week, David Henkin, asks some pretty provocative questions about why it was that Moses/Moshe decided to write down the words he heard from God and record them in a book, that we now call the “Torah.” He ponders what happens when people have the capacity to read words rather than […]

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The Big Ten

As you read this blog post, some thoughts to consider: Sometimes others can offer advice on a particularly vexing problem you are experiencing. How is it that they can see solutions when you can’t figure things out for yourself? What do you think about offering advice to others? What do you make of the fact […]

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Come Darkness

To consider as you read and watch this week’s installment: How can a story change in meaning when its told from the perspective of a secondary character or witness? Can you think of an experience from your life that would benefit from a retelling through someone else’s perspective? Is there a habit you’ve formed that, […]

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Let My People Go!

For you to consider as you read this week’s blog post: Can you remember a time when you rejoiced in the pain suffered by someone whom you thought of as your enemy? What was that like? Did you feel justified or diminished? What would it take to set your joy aside? Why do you suppose […]

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Welcome to Exodus!

This is kind of exciting: we start a new (secular) year on the calendar and start a new book of the Bible, Exodus or Sh’mot which in Hebrew means “[These Are the] Names,” taken from the opening phrase of the book. The book begins with a very short history of how the Children of Israel […]

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