Time to Sign Up for Healthcare Insurance

This is the full text from our October 2013 eNews story. Good health and access to healthcare are important values for organizations such as JCCs, which promote wellness, and are in keeping with the Jewish tradition, which places a high value on good health. On October 1, the first ever open enrollment period for the […]

Parashat T’tzaveh (Exodus 27:30-30:10)

“I shall set my meeting there with the children of Israel and it shall be sanctified with my glory.” (Exodus 29:43) Parashat T’tzaveh concludes the instructions for building the mishkan (Tabernacle), with particular attention to the ner tamid (eternal light).  It also describes in detail the priests’ clothes and describes the ceremony to consecrate Aaron […]

Parashat T’rumah (Exodus 25:1-27:19)

“Exactly as I show you — the pattern of the Tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings —so shall you make it.” (Exodus 25:9) Parashat T’rumah is a structural engineer’s delight. It describes in excruciating detail the building of the mishkan, the desert Tabernacle which is the precursor to the Temple in Jerusalem.  Every […]

Parshat Mishpatim (Exodus 21:1-24:18)

“Now the presence of the Lord appeared in the sight of the Israelites as a consuming fire on the top of the mountain” (Exodus 24:17)   Pity Parashat Mishpatim.  It has the unenviable task of following the gripping drama of God’s revelation on Mt. Sinai.   And yet, while Mishpatim is mostly a long listing of […]

Parashat Yitro (Exodus 18:1-2:23)

  “And as the voice of the shofar grew stronger; Moses spoke and God’s voice answered.” (Exodus 19:19)   Parashat Yitro is the moment we’ve all been waiting for.  The Israelites are gathered around Mt. Sinai, preparing for God’s revelation, the climax of the Torah and the central event in Jewish history.  But then a […]

Parashat B’shalach (Exodus 13:17-17:16)

“Who is like you, O Lord, among the celestials; who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in splendor, working wonders.” (Exodus 15:11) Parashat B’shalach is one of the better known episodes in the Bible, thanks in part  to Cecille B. DeMille and Disney Studios.  Freed from slavery, the Israelites reach the Reed Sea, only to discover […]

Parashat Bo (Exodus 10:1-13:16)

“This month shall mark for you the beginning of the months; it shall be the first of the months of the year for you.” (Exodus 12:2) Parashat Bo brings the final two plagues, darkness and the slaying of the Egyptian first-born, which lead, finally, to the Israelites’ release from slavery.  The parasha (portion) begins with […]

Parashat Va’era (Exodus 6:2-9:35)

“And I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God…”  (Exodus 6:7) Parashat Va’era describes Moses’ attempts to get Pharoah to free the Israelites and opens the dramatic sequence of Pharoah’s intransigence in the face of the plagues.   The opening of the parasha (portion)often is  overlooked, which is a shame, […]

Parashat Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)

“Jacob lived seventeen years in the land of Egypt, so that the span of Jacob’s life came to one hundred and forty-seven years.”  (Genesis 47:28))   Parashat Vayechi both closes the book of B’reishit (Genesis) and is the last parasha (portion) for 2012.  Three important narrative cycles come together in Vayechi.  The patriarchal cycle and […]

Parashat Vayigash (Genesis 44:18-47:27)

“Thus Israel settled in the country of Egypt, in the region of Goshen; they acquired holdings in it, and were fertile and increased greatly.” (Gen. 47:27) Parashat Vayigash describes Joseph’s emotional reconciliation with his brothers who then return to Canaan to bring Jacob and the rest of the family down to Egypt.  Jacob is overjoyed […]

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