Parshas Noach:

1) Okay, it's time for #BibleStudyCoffeeTimeNovember 2, 2019. The Torah portion this week is Noach (Noah) - it's all about a STORM, that leads to a flood. Noach- Parshah - Weekly Torah PortionNoah makes an ark, God floods the earth, a dove brings an olive branch, Shem and Japeth drag a blanket, men build a tower and …

Pekudei: It’s Always Darkest Before The Dawn (March 9, 2019)

Yesterday in synagogue we read --Exodus 38:21 - 40:38 --Kings I 7:51 - 8:21. The census, the Holy Tabernacle, and the Shechina (God's presence). The real Biblical census involves community members who 1) meet age criteria (20+) & 2) are counted by contribution. Exodus 38:26: "One bekka per head…half a shekel according to the holy …

Mishpatim: There’s No Escaping Due Process (February 3, 2019)

The Bible here is presenting the concept of slavery within a framework of law. This is important, because the Biblical approach to jurisprudence stands in stark contrast to the modern tendency toward rule-by-hysterically-offended-mob. Here is a classic example: "A new video shows a student at Yale University screaming at one of the school’s professors for …

Toldos: Is Coexistence Possible? (November 10, 2018)

Torah portion: Toldos (Tellings)Genesis 25:19-28:9Supplemental reading: Malachi 1:1-2:7 First let's summarize the reading. -- Isaac and Rebecca have twins. One is bad (Esau) and one is good (Jacob). They cannot coexist (to answer the first question). The good one will serve the bad until the end of time, and then things will flip.7) There are many …

Ki Teitzei: The Horrific Crime of Kidnapping **Your Own** Brothers and Sisters for Slavery

1) "He that stealeth a man, & selleth him...shall surely be put to death." (Ex. 21:16)"If a man is discovered kidnapping any person from among his brothers, of the children of Israel, & treats him as a slave & sells him that thief shall die." (Deut. 24:7)#BibleStudyCoffeeTime2) We are taught that the Bible does not repeat itself. …

Parshas Re’eh: The Three Kinds of Evil Groups In This World

1)Jews, organized crime, sex trafficking, South America, and patterns.2) This is all research under the general heading of "what went wrong?"We are working with 3 basic groups of people.☑️ cults (bad is good)☑️ organized criminals (they seek $ in service of self;& compensate with "philanthropy")☑️ just plain bad people (good is irrelevant)3) This fits in neatly with …

Eikev: The Erev Rav

It is not because we are righteous.A somber #BibleStudyCoffeeTimeThis week's Bible portion continues. We're still in Deuteronomy. Moses is prepping the Jewish people for entry into the Land of Israel.As Jewish pep talks go, it is standard issue. Lots of guilt!Deuteronomy 7:12 - 11:25hebcal.com/sedrot/eikevEikev Torah Reading - ParshahIn which Moses describes a land of milk …