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October 30, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Rabbi Saks’ Weekly Online Parashah Class

RABBI SAKS' WEEKLY ONLINE PARASHAH CLASS -- Watch the Latest Episode Here... Take a "Torah" lunch break and join Rabbi Saks for his weekly Online Parashah class every Friday at 12 pm.  Watch episodes of Rabbi Saks' Online Parashah Class (according to the triennial cycle) by clicking on this link or "Online Parashah Class" in the menu above For a listing of classes according to each portion, click this link Latest class... Parashat Vayera 2015/5776: Where Is Home? Beginning with Abraham, the Israelites are in constant search for home. Their existence is predicated upon the constant search for home and the reality of living in the diaspora or exile. Is it possible for the Israelites to truly ever reach home? Is it possible for us[...]

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September 4, 2015
By bethmordecai
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Parashat Ki Tavo 5775/2015 (Triennial II) — The Power of Blessing

Parashat Ki Tavo 5775/2015 (Triennial II) -- The Power of Blessing Blessings are all around us; some are hidden and some are plain to see. It is part of the human condition to search out blessings because we know they have power. But what is that power? What makes us yearn to say "I bless you" and to experience the feeling of being blessed? Join us to discuss the power of blessing through the lens of four discrete blessings in this week's Torah portion (Deuteronomy 28:3-6). Photo taken from -- Photo taken by C. Jill Reed on Flickr -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/mulmatsherm/

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May 23, 2014
By bethmordecai
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Parashat B’midbar (במדבר) — Size Doesn’t Matter

Parashat B'midbar 2014/5774 (Triennial I) -- Size Doesn't Matter In this week's Torah portion we read how the Tent of the Meeting is the place for Israel to gather and the place to house God's Presence in their journey through the desert. But how can one small place contain so many people and so much glory? It seems too small! Yet, there are other places in the Bible where "what is less is able to contain what is more." Can this teach us about the importance of "size" in the Bible, especially given the small size and great impact of the Jewish people? Is it possible that when it comes to things that[...]

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May 2, 2014
By bethmordecai
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Parashat Emor (אמור) — A Disabled Priest?

Parashat Emor Triennial I (2014/5774) -- A Disabled Priest? This week's Torah portion, Parashat Emor, we learn that any priest who has a "defect" is not allowed to participate in the sacrificial offerings (Lev 21:17). Can we learn anything from this verse on the Torah's treatment of people with disabilities, including how they can participate in our communities? Join us for this important conversation!

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March 21, 2014
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Parashat Sh’mini (שמיני): A Strange Fire?

2014/5774 (Triennial I): A Strange Fire? In this week's Torah portion, Aaron's sons Nadav and Avihu bring an "eish zarah," a strange fire, to the tabernacle and instead of having their gift accepted, they are personally consumed by a fire from God. What went wrong? What was this strange fire that God not only rejected but caused God to kill them? Can we learn anything from this episode about how we should or should not approach God in our worship? Join the class to find out!    Classes from other years... 2013/5773 -- Why Is Pig So Unkosher?   Details of Photo The Death of Nadab and Abihu, engraving by[...]

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December 27, 2013
By bethmordecai
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Parashat Va-era (וארא) — Where Does Aaron Come From? Where Does Torah Come From?

2013/5774 (Triennial I) -- Where Does Aaron Come From? Where Does Torah Come From? The Torah is clear that Aaron, Moses' older brother (Exodus 7:7) is an important character in the Exodus story. But when does he appear on the scene? If he was older than Moses, how was he born when all male Israelite children were being killed? Perhaps by learning where Aaron comes from we can learn a little bit about where the Torah comes from.

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July 12, 2013
By bethmordecai
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Parashat D’varim (דברים) — Can God Be the Ultimate General?

2013/5773 (Triennial III) -- Can God Be the Ultimate General? In this week's Parashah, we read Moses' retelling of the Israelites' military victories over other peoples of the ancient near east, and directs the Israelites on which peoples they will defeat in the future. Throughout this re-telling, God plays a central role -- it is not the Israelites' decision on which lands to conquer but rather God's decision based on God's promises to other nations on what lands belong to them. In this regard, God is acting like the Ultimate General, deciding what territory belongs to which people.    Can this vision of God as an Ultimate General resonate with us today? Are we in control of our own land or are there other[...]

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November 30, 2012
By bethmordecai
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