Dvar Torah Bamidbar

The day you were born was the day God decided the universe could no longer exist without you. – Rebbe Nachman of Bretzlav This week as the weather warms and we make our way into summer, we also begin a new book of the Torah, Bamidbar, the Book of Numbers.  Far from the family stories Genesis, […]

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Dvar Torah Behukotai

This week’s Torah portion begins with a familiar reminder of the Biblical understanding of faith and practice, “If you follow My laws and faithfully observe My commandments, I will give your rains in their time, the land will yield its produce, and the tree of the field will give forth its fruit.” (Lev. 26:3-4)  Do […]

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Dvar Torah Behar

Warsaw has had some illustrious rabbis in its rich Jewish history. This evening, I would like to introduce you to an extraordinary rabbi who lived in the Warsaw Jewish community during its darkest hour, Rabbi Kalonymous Kalman Shapira. He was the last Chassidic rebbe alive in the Warsaw ghetto and was murdered in Treblinka in […]

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Dvar Torah Emor

Sometimes, the most significant concepts in Judaism are hidden in seemingly insignificant passages in the Torah. In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, at the end of a section dealing with the characteristics of which animals are acceptable for sacrifices, we learn of two very important mitzvot, chillul hashem (desecration of God’s name) and Kiddush haShem […]

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Dvar Torah Kedoshim

On the surface, wool and linen don’t seem like that dangerous of a mixture, yet in the midst of this week’s parsha, we are commanded to never blend them: “You shall not let your cattle mate with a different kind; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed; and you shall not […]

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Earlier this week, after an amazing nine months in Poland, I returned to the United States.  The plane flight was long, as it always is, but it also gave me plenty of time to think and reflect.  As the plane headed west and chased the daylight, the jet lag started to settle in, and my […]

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Dvar Torah Pesach

“All real living is meeting” -Martin Buber On this final Shabbat of Pesach and on my final Shabbat in here in Poland, I would like to offer a few thoughts about the meaning of community and about how we can look ahead in our personal and communal journeys. In his book I and Thou, the […]

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