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Do we Grasp God?

Parashat Yitro   24 Shevat 5781 When I was reading Parashat Yitro, one of the most central portions of Judaism, I saw several main themes emerge: The first is the person of Yitro; second, Yitro’s observation of the daily life of Moshe and Israel; third: the banquet of Yitro and Moshe; fourth: Yitro’s advice to Moshe; fifth: […]

Whose Voice are you Listening To? It has taken me a lifetime to finally be able say good things about myself, to myself. God’s Word teaches us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Everyone needs to hear that – some more than others depending upon the early voices that we heard. I’m pretty sure that we hear sounds and […]

Who is Listening?

Rabbi Percy’s words still resound in my mind, as he taught us about the Torah through the eyes of Rabbi Yeshua and Moshe Rabenu. Rabbi Percy would get so frustrated because he felt that the message was not being received. He wasn’t speaking to those on the outside. He was speaking to us right here […]

No other gods…

The second part of the first commandment says, …” you shall have no other gods before me.”  Most of us think of gods as being carvings or statues or other symbols that are worshipped in many religions. I remember when I was deep into New Age thinking, I went to the Sai Baba Centre in Montreal. […]

There is only one Unique God

Parashat Vaera 3 Shevat 5781 by Mauricio Quintero There is only one Unique God As I read through this week’s portion “Vaera” – וָאֵרָא- (And I appeared) in Shemot 6: 2-9: 35, the pshat (direct meaning) that stood out to me was the complex political, social, religious and economic background of that time. When we finished Bereshit, […]

The First Commandment

If we look at the events unfolding in the world today, it seems that people are going mad. There is so much anger and division. We don’t know who to believe or who we can trust.  We seem to have lost our moral compass. As a 30-year student of the Torah, the answer lies in […]

Parashat Shemot

25 Tevet 5781 Exodus 1:1- 6:1 This week, we begin the second of the five books of the Torah, Shemot also called by our sages “HaSefer Hageulah” (the Book of Redemption). Everything that happens in this book takes place within a community, where the main player is the people, unlike the book of Bereshit which […]

Vayechi (And He Lived) 5781

18 Tevet 5781 The Mishnah (Pirkei Avot 3: 1) quotes Akavia ben Mehalalel: “Consider three things, and you will not sin. You must know where you come from, where you are going and to whom you will eventually be accountable for everything you have done”. As I read this portion from Pirkei Avot, I realized […]