A Bissel of Torah: Parshat Pesach

by Joy Scott, Congregant 14 NISSAN 5776: When Passover coincides with Shabbat, we intercept our reading of Leviticus, and return to the portion of EXODUS, to repeat the miraculous story of how our ancestors escaped slavery in Egypt, and became a free nation. We reiterate the tenth and final plague, which God imposed on the […]

A Bissel of Torah – Parshat Metzora

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 […]

A Bissel of Torah – Parshat Tazria

by Student Rabbi Shelley Goldman The Talmud teaches, “One who wishes to acquire wisdom should study the way money works, for there is no greater area of Torah study than this. It is like an ever flowing stream…”  I thought of this wisdom after reading this week’s Torah portion, Tazria[1], and reflecting on the themes […]

D’var Torah by Student Rabbi Shelley Goldman

Our Torah portion begins with the following words: “God spoke to Moses, saying: Command Aaron and his sons thus: This is the ritual of the burnt offering…” (Leviticus 6:1-2a.)  In Hebrew the final phrase is, “Zot Torat HaOlah.”  Is there a word in this phrase that sounds familiar to you?  “Torat?”  What does the word […]


By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant This week’s Torah Parsha (VAYIKRA) is the first Parsha in the book of LEVITICUS, a section of the Torah, which most rabbinical students ‘love to hate’. We just completed reading the thrilling and dramatic story of the book of EXODUS, which captivated our imagination like an award winning action […]

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)

A ‘Bissel’ of Torah Parashat Tetzaveh (Exodus 27:20-30:10)

by Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant In Torah Parsha, TERUMAH, we read last week how the magnificent ‘MISHKAN’ (Sanctuary), a sacred place, dedicated to God, was constructed. Parshat TETZAVEH begins with instructions to Moses for creation of the final piece, to be placed in the ‘Tent of Meeting’, outside the dividing curtain. “You shall command the children […]