Ha’azinu: Words That Serve As A Witness

Photo credit: Cecil Stoughton, White House/JFK Library, via Flickr This quote by President Kennedy may or may not be real. "said to one of the highest officials of his Administration that he 'wanted to splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.'" Doesn't matter. There are times when words give …

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 …

Vaetchanan: God and the Jewish People

1) Bible study note. Today's Torah portion is Vaetchanan. (Deuteronomy 3:23 - 7:11; supplemental reading Isaiah 40:1 - 40:26)hebcal.com/sedrot/vaetcha…Va'etchanan Roundup - Family Parshah - ParshahA quick family-oriented summary of the events in this week's Parshah. Kids, read it online to get a picture of all the exciting going-ons in this week's parshah. Parents, print it out …

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

1) #BibleStudyCoffeeTime starts now.Exodus, “Mishpatim” (“Laws”):Death penalty for human traffickers.February 3, 2019.2) Just to get situated: Here's the reading. You can find it online in Hebrew and English.The primary reading is: Exodus 21:1-24:18 https://www.chabad.org/parshah/torahreading.asp?aid=15564&p=complete … https://www.eading_cdo/p/haftarah/aid/2492628/jewish/Mishpatim-Haftorah-Hebrew-and-English.htm … https://e-student-shrieks-at-prof-for-denying-her-safe-space-video/ … https://reat-managers-do …The supplemental reading is: Jeremiah 34:8-22 and Jeremiah 33:25-26.chabad.org/parshah/torahr3) Please forgive me for the starts and stops today, as I am excited to do this, …

Kedoshim: What Does The Word “Holy” Really Mean? (May 11, 2019)

1) Starting the #BibleStudyCoffeeTime thread here. Today is May 11, 2019.We are reading Parshas Kedoshim in Leviticus.2) Parashat Kedoshim / פרשת קדשיםTorah Portion: Leviticus 19:1 - 20:27Haftarah* for Ashkenazim**: Amos 9:7 - 9:15 Haftarah for Sephardim: Ezekiel 20:2 - 20:20*supplemental portion**Ashkenaz and Sephardic customs differ  https://www.hebcal.com/sedrot/kedoshim 3) The word "Kedoshim" means "the holy ones."Hebrew root קְדֹשִׁ קְ - Kדֹ - Dשִׁ - …