Yitro by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Come in, Stranger! Take a cup of barley beer from me, and sit here by the fire…

Beraysheet By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

  Bereshit (בראשית) Torah: Genesis 1:1 – 6:8 Haftarah Ashkenazim: Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10 Haftarah Sephardim: Isaiah 42:5 – 42:21   Scene: The Post-Edenic World. We see a humble Cabin built of clay and wattles, the dwelling-place of our First Parents, Adam and Eve. The door opens, and Eve enters, carrying the toddler Abel. She looks […]

I, Gershom ben Moses by David Hartley Mark

Vayeilech (וילך) Torah: Deut 31:1 – 31:30 Haftarah: Isaiah 55:6 – 56:8 Call me Gershom. Or not. You may have never heard of me, but I am the firstborn of the “First Prophet of Israel, Chief of the Prophets, both of those who preceded, and those who followed him, who spoke with the Lord God face-to-face,” as […]

Devarim: A Torah Teaching through Time By David Hartley Mark

Devarim (דברים) Torah: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 3:22 Haftarah: Isaiah 1:1 – 1:27   Moses: Reader of Torah! You invoke my name every Shabbat, but no one can ever know me, truly. Was I a Desert Shepherd, Egyptian prince, God-sent Savior from Slavery, Commander-in-Chief of an Israelite Army, the First and Wisest Rabbi, or Chief of the […]

Pinchas: The Testimony of Cozbi bat Zur, Midianite, Jew-by-Choice, Interrupted By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Pinchas (פינחס) Torah: Numbers 25:10 – 30:1 Haftarah: I Kings 18:46 – 19:21 Moses: My time is drawing near…I can no longer control these Israelites. They are not the Exodus Generation who knew me, the slaves I liberated when I was young and strong, and, with a twitch of my mighty shepherd’s staff, could conjure […]

Balak: The Donkey, and Other Players By David Hartley Mark

Balak ( בלק) Torah: Numbers 22:2 – 25:9 Haftarah: Micah 5:6 – 6:8 Balaam’s Donkey: It is odd that I am among the most famous creatures in the Bible—sad indeed, given all the unknown human innocents who die in this Holy Book, and in this Holy World which God created, and from which he seems […]

Behaalotecha: Miriam and Zipporah by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Beha’alotcha (בהעלתך) Torah: Numbers 8:1 – 12:16 Haftarah: Zechariah 2:14 – 4:7  The hot, angry, unforgiving sun burned over the Israelite camp. Zipporah bat Yitro, wife of Moses, dark-brown of eye and skin, drew her cotton headscarf more closely over her long, black curls, here and there streaked with tinges of grey. Leaving her tent—though it was […]

Social Justice 05/14/14

an online Jewish discussion about social justice

Around the Shabbat Table 05/02/14

A short observance of Shabbat followed by an online discussion. This weeks topic: Changes

Torah Talk – Leviticus 21-24 – 04/28/14

Torah Talk – Leviticus 21-24 – 04/28/14