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January 22, 2021  

Bo: Hardening Our Hearts; Opening our Minds

This week's parashah tells us that God "hardened Pharaoh's heart." It sounds like either a fairy tail or a weird/problematic rejection of free will. But it's actually a lesson about open-mindedness and what it takes to be our best selves.

Shout out to President Joe Biden, who quoted this portion in his inaugural address.

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January 15, 2021  

Va’era: Seeing Possibilities in Narrow Places

The Torah says that the Israelite slaves couldn't even conceive of the possibility of freedom. How did Moses help them believe things could be better? What can we learn from this for our own "narrow places" in life?


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January 8, 2021  

Sh’mot: Power for Power’s Sake

The Torah warns us about leaders who seek power simply for the sake of being in power, without regard for the good of the people. And it holds up Moses as an example of a different kind of lawmaker.

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December 31, 2020  

Vay’chi: Looking Backwards and Ahead

With the death of Jacob and the end of the book of Genesis, the Torah teaches about legacy, learning, and resilience.

December 24, 2020  

Vayigash: What does it take to forgive?

The story of Joseph is, in the end, a story of forgiveness. What can we learn about our own relationships from a millennia-old story?

December 18, 2020  

Miketz: The Treasure That’s Right In Front of Us

The Joseph story is about the things we long for and how far we have to go to fulfill our dreams. The lesson might surprise you!

December 11, 2020  

Vayeshev: Little Actions Have Big Meaning

The story of Joseph teaches a lesson about the little ways that we change the world.

December 4, 2020  

Vayishlach: Does Prayer “Work?”

Is praying just about asking God for things, or is there something deeper, more unexpected going on? This week's Torah portion has some insight.

November 27, 2020  

Vayetze: Scary Times and Unexpected Holiness

The story of Jacob's ladder teaches about finding holiness in unexpected places. It's an idea that saved and formed Judaism in ancient times. There couldn't be a more important message for the pandemic.

November 20, 2020  

Toldot: How (Not) To Disagree

This week's Torah portion teaches about how to disagree respectfully. We could learn a thing or two for our own lives and our political system.

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