A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH PARSHA: NASO (NUMBERS 4:21-7:89) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

This week’s Torah Parsha (NASO) begins with a continuation of last week’s Parsha (BAMIDBAR); completing the census of the Children of Israel, and assigning the intricate details of the tasks to be performed by each individual tribe, in the transporting of the Tabernacle. With 176 verses, NASO is both the longest portion of the Torah, […]

Am Haskalah Shavuot Program

Finding Joy, Connection, and Inspiration in these Troubling Times: A Hebrew Chant and Writing Journey Sunday June 4, 2017   11:00AM-12:30PM Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein (our beloved Am Haskalah spiritual leader from 2002-2009 who now goes by her Hebrew name), has been studying Hebrew chant as a practice for spiritual transformation.  Malkah Binah will guide us […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH PARSHA: BEHAR (LEVITICUS 25:1-26:2), BECHUKOTAI (LEVITICUS 26:3-27:34) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah, Congregant

This week, we read a double Parshiot, from the Torah (BEHAR) and (BECHKOTAI), the finale of the Book of LEVUTICUS. The primary themes of Parsha (BEHAR) are laws and commandments, pertaining to freedom, equality, and charity with ‘dignity’. The Lord spoke to Moses and said: “Tell the Children of Israel, you may sow your field […]

A ‘BISSEL OF TORAH PARSHA: METZORA (LEVITICUS 14:1-15:33) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

The essence of this week’s Torah Parsha (METZORA) pertains to ritual impurities. There are references to spiritual impurities within a home (detected by the appearance of dark colored patches on its walls); and, impurities engendered by nature of intimate relations between a husband and his wife. However, the predominant theme of Parsha (METZORA) concerns the […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH PARSHA: TZAV (LEVITICUS 6:1-8:36) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

The primary theme of last week’s Torah Parsha (VAKIRA) pertained to the five diverse sacrifices, which the Israelites presented at the Sanctuary. On the surface, this week’s Torah Parsha (TZAV) appears to be merely an extension of Parsha (VAKIRA), differentiated solely by the focus shifting to the kohanim, who were the recipients of the various […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH PARSHA: VAKIRA (LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

This week’s Torah Parsha (VAKIRA) is the first Parsha in the Book of Leviticus, known formally as ‘Torat Kohanim’ (instructions for the Priests) (1). The title for this Parsha defines the entire Book of Leviticus. We have just completed reading the thrilling and dramatic story of the Book of EXODUS, which captivated our imagination like […]