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Parsha D’varim (“Words”) Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22
March 31, 2017
Author: Glenn Harris

The High Price of Disobedience D’varim (“Words”) Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22 Rabbi Glenn This Shabbat brings us to the introduction of the fifth book of Moses, known in the English Bible as Deuteronomy and in the Hebrew Bible as D’varim – “Words”. The book begins, These are the words which Moses spoke to all Israel […]

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Vayishlach (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43
August 1, 2015
Author: Glenn Harris

Unfinished Business Vayishlach (“And he sent”) Genesis 32:4 – 36:43 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Vayishlach which means “And he sent” and covers Genesis 32 through 36. It seems to me the theme in this section of Genesis is unfinished business and conflict resolution. This should come as no surprise, given […]

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Vayetze (“And he went forth”) Genesis 28:10 – 32:3
Author: Glenn Harris

  Wheeling and Dealing Vayetze (“And he went forth”) Genesis 28:10 – 32:3 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this week is named Vayetze, which means “and he went forth”. Jacob has to flee from Be’ersheva to escape the wrath of his brother Esau, and makes the long journey back to Haran (about 550 miles, “as […]

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Toledot (“Generations”) Genesis 25:19-28:9
July 31, 2015
Author: Glenn Harris

  Trust and Obey Toledot (“Generations”) Genesis 25:19-28:9 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this week is entitled Tol’dot, which means “generations” and takes us from Genesis 25:19 to 28:9. To the careful reader of Scripture, it becomes evident that God is giving us an ever-narrowing and increasingly selective genealogical line meant to point us to the Redeemer, Messiah […]

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Vayera (“And He Appeared”) Genesis 18:1-22:24
Author: Glenn Harris

  Heaven’s Laughter Vayera (“And He Appeared”) Genesis 18:1-22:24 Rabbi Glenn This week’s parasha is entitled Vayera, meaning “and He appeared” and spans Genesis 18 through 22. Our focus is on Avraham. In chapter 18 God appeared to Abraham. Do you think you’d recognize God if He showed up at your home? At first, all […]

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Lech L’cha (“Go forth!”) Genesis 12:1 – 17:27
Author: Glenn Harris

  Go… Now! Lech L’cha (“Go forth!”) Genesis 12:1 – 17:27     The Torah portion this morning is entitled Lech L’cha (“Go forth!”) and spans Genesis 12 through 17. Let me invite you to open your Bibles to Genesis 12. If any of you are 75 years or older, I want you to know that Lech […]

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HaAzinu (Give Ear!) Deuteronomy 32:1-52
Author: Glenn Harris

  Rock Music HaAzinu (Give Ear!)  Deuteronomy 32:1-52 Rabbi Glenn Lend me your ears and I’ll sing you a song… If you were thinking of Sgt. Pepper, think again. The parasha for this Shabbat is Deuteronomy chapter 32, and is entitled HaAzinu, from the Hebrew word ozen – ear. HaAzinu means “Give ear!”. It opens […]

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Parsha BaMidbar (Numbers 1:1-4:20)
May 23, 2014
Author: Glenn Harris

  The Yeshiva of Hard Knocks BaMidbar (“In the Wilderness”) Numbers 1:1-4:20 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is BaMidbar, meaning “In the Wilderness”. It marks the beginning of the book of Numbers. As many of you know, the Hebrew names for the books of the Torah are derived from the key word […]

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Parsha Vayechi (Genesis 47:28 – 50:26)
December 11, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

A Good End Vayechi ("And he lived") Genesis 47:28 – 50:26 Rabbi Glenn The Torah reading for this week is entitled Vayechi, meaning "And he lived", referring to Joseph, and completes the book of B’reysheet. Last Shabbat we contemplated Jacob’s joyful reunion with his son Joseph, whom he had for so many years presumed to […]

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Parsha Chayei Sarah (Genesis 23:1-25:18)
October 22, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Lives Well Lived Chayei Sarah(“The Life of Sarah”) Genesis 23:1-25:18 Rabbi Glenn This week’s parasha, Genesis 23:1 to 25:18, is Chayei Sarah, meaning “The Life of Sarah” the title of which is a little ironic, since it records her death (at 127 years of age). After grieving for Sarah, Abraham approaches the sons of Heth […]

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Parsha Noach (Genesis 6:9 – 11:32)
October 2, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

The Urgency of the Task Noach  Genesis 6:9 – 11:32 Rabbi Glenn This week’s Torah portion is entitled Noach, covering Genesis 6:9 to 11:32. It tells us about the catastrophic world-wide Flood which destroyed all life on Earth except Noah, his family and ancestral pairs of all animals. But the Flood isn’t the main theme. […]

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Parsha Bereishit (Genesis 1:1 – 6:8)
September 27, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

A Level and Firm Foundation B’resheet (“In the Beginning”) Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 Rabbi Glenn This Shabbat marks the beginning, the starting again of the yearly cycle of synagogue readings. Genesis is called in Hebrew B’resheet, because that is the very first word, not only of this book, but of all the books, all the […]

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Parsha Nitavim-Vayyelech (Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30)
August 26, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Stand and Affirm! Nitzavim-Vayyelech (Those Taking a Stand / And He Went) Deuteronomy 29:9 – 31:30 Rabbi Glenn The parashot for this week (two of them) are entitled Nitzavim, a word meaning “Those taking a stand” and Vayyelech, meaning “And he went”. The word used for “stand” is different from the common Hebrew verb for […]

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Parsha Kee Tavo (Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8)
August 21, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Covenant and Consequence Kee Tavo– Deuteronomy 26:1 – 29:8 Rabbi Glenn Last week’s parasha was entitled Kee Taytasay (“When you go out”). This week it’s Kee Tavo (“When you come in”) and it spans Deuteronomy 26:1 through 29:8. Coming and going – sounds like the history of the Jewish people, doesn’t it? And it […]

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Parsha Kee Taysay (Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19)
August 15, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  Constraining Sinful Appetites Kee Taytsay (“When You Go Out”) – Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Rabbi Glenn This week’s parasha Kee Taytsay, meaning, “When you go out”, covers Deuteronomy chapters 21 through 25. This portion of the Torah contains little narrative, but rather comprises a lengthy list of assorted commands – by Maimonides’ count 72 separate injunctions! If one […]

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Parsha Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)
July 29, 2013
Topics: deuteronomy, torah
Author: Glenn Harris

Re’eh(“See!”) Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Rabbi Glenn   The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Re’eh (“See!”) and takes us from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17. This reading consists of commandments governing everything from worship to dietary prohibitions; from finances to festivals. It also contains a series of warnings, principally that we not imitate the horrific practices of […]

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Parsha Va’etchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11)
July 17, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

The Commandment is to Love Va’etchanan(“and I pleaded”) Deuteronomy 3:23 – 7:11 Rabbi Glenn The Torah portion for this Shabbat is called Va’etchanan, meaning “and I pleaded”. It covers chapter 3, verse 23 through chapter 7, verse 11. As the parsha opens, Moses pleads with Adonai to reconsider allowing him to cross over into the […]

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Parsha Mattot-Masei (Numbers 30:2 – 36:13)
July 1, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

Now The Real Work Begins! Mattot-Massei  Numbers 30:2 – 36:13 Rabbi Glenn The two Torah readings for this Shabbat are entitled Mattot and Massei, translated “tribes” and “journeys” and bring us to the end of the book of BaMidbar (Numbers). Chapter 30 discusses the importance of promises. If a man or a woman swears an […]

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Parsha Pinchas (Numbers 25-29)
June 24, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  A Frightful Example Pinchas– Numbers 25:10-30:1 Rabbi Glenn The parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Pinchas, covers Numbers 25-29, and is named after a man some might suggest “took the law into his own hands”. In the previous chapters, on which David did an outstanding job last Shabbat teaching, we found the king of […]

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Parsha Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9)
June 18, 2013
Author: Glenn Harris

  A Prophet Without Honor / A World Without Israel Balak Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 Introduction: For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil (1 Tim. 6:10) Our parasha for this Shabbat is entitled Balak, the name of the king of Moab. It spans Numbers 22:2 through 25:9 and this […]

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