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The Song of Life

Parashat Ha’azinu 5782 Parashat Ha’azinu is the song in which Moshe says goodbye to the people of Israel after having led them through the desert and is now approaching his death. This song describes the history of our people and their relationship with the Creator in a nutshell. Here Moshe speaks mostly about the future, […]

Yom Kippur 10 Tishrei 5782 In Jewish tradition, Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year; however, the Torah says that all the Moedim, God’s Appointed Times hold equal value.  It is believed that on this special day we will be forgiven for all our sins as if there is only one day when can […]

A Sin or a Crime?

Blog Vayelech 5 Tishrei 5782 This is the intermediary Shabbat between Yom Teruah and Yom Kippur. Vayelech is very short but full of meat and meaning. Moshe is reminding us that at 120 years of age he won’t be allowed to enter the Promised Land with his children. How difficult that must have been for […]

Parashat Ki Tavo 5781

Written in Spanish by Alejandro Alvarado – see Spanish Blogs Translated and narrated by Peggy Pardo This parashah Ki Tavo (When you enter) contains the instructions for what the people of Israel should do “when” they enter the Promised Land. The first thing was to set aside the first fruit of the land’s harvest and […]

Why is it important to remember?

This week’s parashah, Ki Tetze כִּי־תֵצֵא (When you go) contains more applications of the commandments than the others, giving us clear examples on how to apply them in relation to others and to the rest of creation (to animals, the land and even to plants). Unlike Western thought, where the so-called “law of love” must rule our […]

The Second Commandment Part One

Today I’d like to talk about the first part of Second Commandment which says “You shall not make for yourself any graven image or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath, or that is the water under the earth…”  When our Creator handed this commandment to Moshe, […]