If Not Now, When?

By Angela Zanelli, friend of Am Haskalah For the last few years, I have had the pleasure of writing a Chanukah article for a magazine. I like to focus on the concept of light and different ways that we can bring more light into the world, both literal and symbolic. Lighting candles, smiling at a […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VAYEISHEV (GENESIS 37:1-40:23)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant Pulitzer Prize winning book for 2016: “Joseph and His Multi-colored Coat”….A single father with twelve sons and one daughter, born to four different women (all now deceased); a dysfunctional family; partiality; resentment; hatred; deceit; a scenario comparable to the popular television show, ‘Real housewives of Egypt’; and, crimes and […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: VAYISHLACH (GENESIS 32:4-36:19)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In last week’s Parsha (VAYETZEI), we read about how Jacob had betrayed both his father (Isaac) and his twin brother (Esau), motivated by his mother, Rebecca. Jacob’s mother favored him over his brother, and was aware that Isaac’s birthright and blessings would be endowed to Esau, who was the […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: HAAZINU (DEUTERONOMY 32:1-32:52)

It is no coincidence that this week’s Torah Parsha (HAAZINU) is read on the Shabbat following the ‘Ten Days of Repentance’. Following Yom Kippur, when we are all experiencing a heightened spiritual sensitivity, we read Moses’ final speech to the ‘Children of Israel’. The greater part of Parsha (HAAZINU) is comprised of a seventy line […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: NITZAVIM (DEUTERONOMY 29:9-30:20)

By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah After hearing the list of the 98 terrifying curses, at the end of last week’s Torah Parsha (KI TAVO), the people were devastated, and questioned whether they could possibly withstand such frightful punishments. Moses responded with the opening statement of Parsha (NITZAVIM): “You are all still standing this day before […]