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Miriam Shechter took this shot of Simchat Torah dancing with the Torah scrolls which is similar to the dancing at a Jewish wedding to emphasize a main theme of the holiday, that our relationship with God is comparable to the relationship between a husband and wife. We are married to God and to His holy Torah.

Weekly Torah Portion: A Meeting with God

This week's portion begins with the end of Exodus Chapter 27 and includes the instructions for Aaron and the priests in their worship roles -- their clothes, the sanctification process they will go through, and some instruction regarding the altar, the incense altar and the "tent…

Weekly Torah Portion: Priestly Garments

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. Following closely on the heels of last week’s portion, Tetzaveh opens with a command to prepare pure olive oil for…

Bring Brightness To Your Sabbath Table

The sacramental blessing over wine on the Jewish Sabbath is fundamentally what sanctifies the day, turning an ordinary Saturday into the Jewish holy Sabbath. Routinely, the wine for that blessing is contained in a beautiful cup that honors the moment of sanctification and allows people…

Musical Inspiration From the Heart

The spiritual power of music is well-recognized. On Friday afternoons in Israel, some supermarkets are filled with the sounds of Sabbath songs, and in the home, children and mothers sometimes sing songs as they get ready for their day of rest. A cantorial soloist and…

Weekly Torah Portion: Preparing to Receive the Torah

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. The Israelites travel from Rephidim to the Sinai Desert, where they encamp opposite the mountain. God tells Moses to remind…

Weekly Torah Portion: The Land of Israel as a Heritage

The following is a taste of our Israel Bible Reading Plan. Follow the weekly portion with summaries, insights and lively conversation. To register, click here. Last week’s portion left Moses greatly discouraged. Not only did Pharaoh not release the Israelites from bondage, he made things…

Lashon Hakodesh- The Origins of the Holy Language

It is believed that in the earliest age of man, that time before antiquity, when history began, everyone in the world could understand one another. In the book of Genesis, the bible states that the whole world spoke one language. This means that even travelers…