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The History of our people

Toledot 5 Kislev 5781 This parashah speaks about the toledot (history) of Isaac, Esau and Jacob, but there are other Toledot: Toledot Adam (Bereshit 5:1-6:8); toledot Noah (Bereshit 6:9-9:20) Toledot Shem, Ham, Japheth (Bereshit 10:1-11:9); Toledot Shem (Bereshit 11;10-26); toledot Terah (Bereshit 11:27- 32); Toledot Ishmael (Bereshit 25:12-18); Toledot Isaac Bereshit 25:19-35:29; Toledot Esau (Bereshit 36:1-37:1), […]

“And If Not NOW, When?”

Parashat Chayei Sarah 27 Cheshvan 5781 Bereshit (Génesis) 23 :1 – 25 :18 This week’s Parashah Chayei Sarah begins by telling us about the life of a woman who died. What an immense paradox. However, we can say that by the events narrated here, this parashah speaks of Sarah’s life. She died at the age […]

What are We Sowing?

Parashat Vayera Cheshvan 20, 5781 This Parashah, Vayera וַיֵּרָא “and He appeared”, like all the portions of the Torah, tells us stories to help us have a better life. As human beings, we tend to put God in a box according to our understanding and our preconceptions. How often have we heard the following phrases? […]

Who was Abram? Who am I?

Shalom Community Shear Yashuv. Shabbat Shalom to everyone (from Rabbi Iosef Chemi from Argentina) It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be able to speak to you about Lech Lecha, a truly beautiful parashah. Bereshit 17: 1 says: “Vayehi Avram ben tish’im shanah v’tesha shanim; Vayera Adonai el-Avram vayomer eilaiv: ani El-Shaddai hithalech […]

The God of “Beginning Again.”

Blog Shemini Atzeret By Mauricio Quintero Says Eikhah – אֵיכָה Lamentations 3: 23: “They are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness”. God gives us the opportunity to begin anew each day. This should be a reason for rejoicing for all of us, that God inherently created the physical world on earth where each day, […]

Sukkoth 5781

Sukkoth or “Z’man Simchateinu” (The time of our rejoicing) is a festival of remembrance and rejoicing for the miracles that God has performed for us and how He has preserved us. Also known as Hag Asif – חַג אָסִיף –— Festival of the Ingathering is the culmination of all the Biblical festivals. I call Sukkoth […]

Rise Up to a New Cycle

Blog Rosh Hashanah 5781by Mauricio Quintero and Alejandro Alvarado Rosh Hashanah (רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה) is a commemorative day during which God gives us the opportunity to rise up. We should not confuse Rosh Hashana, (literally the head of the year) with the first of Nisan which our Creator calls the first month of the year. Why […]

Strengthen your Weak Hands

…and make firm the tottering knees.” Nitzavim (נִצָּבִים) – Vayelej (וַיֵּלֶךְ) 16 Elul 5780 By Alejandro Alvarado: Before these holidays, we read this double portion that we studied before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Our Creator reaffirms His covenant by speaking to His people in the merits of Abraham, Isaac and Yaakov, reminding them of […]