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Tag Archives: Parsha / Parasha

[Alumni Guest Post] Lauren Henderson — Parshat Beshalach

Posted on January 23, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

From Lauren Henderson’s (Summer ’09, Year ’10) blog: The d’var torah (more or less) that I gave at Sunday night’s Encounter Leadership Seminar: When I first got to Israel in the fall and started to get acquainted with the current stagnant political situation (for both domestic and foreign issues), I started to actually hope that Continue Reading »

B’shalach: bread and gold

Posted on January 22, 2013 by Laurie Franklin

Bread and gold,These, we carry.One soft, dull, absorbent.One hard, shining, reflective.Can I buy bread with gold?Can I get gold with bread?Is this bracelet a trap or a wheel?What will carry us?

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Jeff Amshalem — Circles and Lines: the Maor vaShamesh on Parshat Beshalach

Posted on January 20, 2013 by Jeff Amshalem

An abridged version of a teaching from R. Kalonymus Kalpan Halevi Epstein, the Maor vaShamesh. וַתִּקַּח מִרְיָם הַנְּבִיאָה אֲחוֹת אַהֲרֹן אֶת הַתֹּף בְּיָדָהּ וַתֵּצֶאןָ כָל הַנָּשִׁים אַחֲרֶיהָ בְּתֻפִּים וּבִמְחֹלֹת: וַתַּעַן לָהֶם מִרְיָם שִׁירוּ לַי־הֹוָ־ה כִּי גָאֹה גָּאָה סוּס וְרֹכְבוֹ רָמָה בַיָּם                 Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, Continue Reading »

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Laura Marder – Parshat Bo

Posted on January 17, 2013 by Laura Marder

In Parshat Bo we are given the first Mitzvah from G-d. The mitzvah of being aware and sanctifying time with Rosh Chodesh. “This month shall be to you the head of the months; to you it shall be the first of the months of the year”. Bo 11:2   While reading BO I tried to Continue Reading »

[Alumni Guest Post] Daniel Shibley: Snowy Parshat Va’eira

Posted on January 11, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

Alum Daniel Shibley (Fellows ’12) is on a roll! Check out this dvar Torah for Parshat Va’era: Well documented in Facebook photos and through the news outlets are the rain and snow that have fallen throughout the State of Israel over the last several days. While Jerusalem has not seen snow like this in nearly Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] VaEra 5773: The Redemption Speech

Posted on January 10, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

This week, Rav Meir Schweiger discusses Parashat VaEra in The Redemption speech. VaEra 5773 Click here for the accompanying source sheet.   Shabbat shalom!

[PCJE Dvar Torah] Cara Abrams-Simonton: Memories of my Father

Posted on January 10, 2013 by Cara Abrams-Simonton

Although this week’s parashah, Va’era, is full of many rich elements of our story as a Jewish people, I am drawn to the four promises that God makes to the Jewish people in chapter 6, verses 6 and 7: “Wherefore say unto the children of Israel: I am the LORD, and I will bring you Continue Reading »

[Pardes From Jerusalem Podcast] Shemot 5773: Fear of Sin, Mindfulness, and a Softened Heart

Posted on January 3, 2013 by The Director of Digital Media

This week, Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels discusses Parashat Shemot in “Fear of Sin, Mindfulness, and a Softened Heart.” james shemot Shabbat Shalom!

[PCJE Dvar Torah] A Woman’s Insight by David Bogomolny

Posted on December 30, 2012 by David Bogomolny

This week we are starting the sefer (book) of Shemot (Exodus), which literally means ‘names’. The weekly parasha is also called Shemot. I mention this because the first name that comes to my mind when I read this parasha is ‘Isra Yaghoubi’ (Year ’08-’09, Fellows ’09-’10). She was my first Chumash havruta, and she left me Continue Reading »

A Dvar Torah I wrote for my Synagogue:

Posted on December 28, 2012 by Laura Marder

Shabbat Shalom Pardes. I wanted to share a portion of my Dvar torah that I am giving to my Shul tonight… Shabbat Shalom,   Last week as my facebook followers know I was standing on a mountain over the dead sea welcoming the Sabbath at a meditation retreat. If I close my eyes I can Continue Reading »