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Seventh Day Passover – The Second Step into the Sea

  In the Bible, Passover is a seven-day observance, with the first and last days being holidays. The middle days are called “chol ha-mo’ed” “the...

Moonshine – Passover Thought 2021

Moonshine – Passover Thought 2021 (adapted from prior years) Our Seder plans, recipes, programs and the conducting of the Seder can be complex, especially in...

Shabbat HaGadol – Live Free

As we enter “the time of our freedom,” we are called on to think a bit about this idea. When we think of freedom,...

From Darkness to Wisdom — Thoughts on Torah Portion Vayeitzei 2020

I can imagine Jacob justifiably bemoaning his fate as he trudges toward Paddam Aram. Jacob was the one, the Bible tells us, who was...

How The First Verses of the Torah Came to be Written – A Conjecture

“How did things get this way?” is probably one of the first things that ancient human beings asked. Not most of them, for sure....

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins – Thoughts on the Shabbat Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim)

Seekers of Truth Among the Ruins Thoughts on the Sabbath Before the 9th of Av (Parshat Devarim) Well-being is within your reach. We’ve all had...

A Turning Point

(this was sent to my synagogue list on June 3rd, 2020) “My innards, my innards shudder! I writhe in pain! The walls of my heart...

The Greater Part of Valor – Thoughts on Torah Portion Shelach Lekha

The Greater Part of Valor Thoughts on Torah Portion Shelach Lekha 2020 (adapted from 2019) All Ohr HaTorah regulars know about my little bit of a...

Chaos, Moping and Mopping – Comments on Torah Portion Beha’alotekha

Chaos, Moping and Mopping 2020 (adapted from 2019) B’ha’alotekha The brilliance of the Torah as “Literary Philosophic-Psychology” is evident in this week’s Torah portion, “Be’ha’aloteka.” We...

Knowledge, Will and Blessings – Thoughts on Torah Portion Naso

Knowledge, Will and Blessings Thoughts on Torah Portion Naso 2020 (adapted from 2019)   I often meet with a person who is looking to change their life...

Thoughts on Torah Portions Acharei Mot – Kedoshim – “Be Holy”

    Thoughts on Torah Portion Acharei Mot – Kedoshim – “Be Holy” “Be holy,” begins one the combined Torah Portions for today. “All right,” I might...

Fear and The Remedy – Thoughts on Torah Portion Tazria-Metzora

Fear and the Remedy Thoughts on Torah portion Tazria-Metzora Rabbi Mordecai Finley - Ohr HaTorah Synagogue - Mar Vista This week’s Torah portion is about mass fear,...

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