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D'var Torah Vayikra

Shalom Chevrei: I hope this message meets you in a healthy and resilient place. I include here my d’var Torah from Friday night. Feel free to reach out. I am always happy to discuss Torah. On an allied note, the Chesed Team leadership and I invite you to an organizing meeting Tuesday night March 31 at 7:00 pm. We will determine and divvy up our caring activities. The Zoom video link is: https://zoom.us/j/9078640920, and the one touch call-in number is: +13126266799, US (Chicago). The call-in code is: 9078640920#. Please join our call to action and loving kindness. We look forward to welcoming you. Stay well and struggle on! Rabbi Craig Marantz ------------------------------------------------

Dvar Torah Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780

Shalom Chevrei: I thought you might want to have a look at Friday’s D’var Torah. It was a beautiful Shabbat, and I urge you, if you can, to join us on YouTube this Friday at 6:30 pm and Saturday at 11:00 am. If you cannot, because you don’t have a home computer and/or Internet, please let me know, and we’ll find a way to include you. I don’t want anyone to miss you. Stay well! And struggle on! Dvar Torah Vayakhel-Pekudei 5780 This Shabbat, we encounter the double portion Vayakhel-Pekudei. The word vayakhel has to do with the formation of community: “And Moses made a congregation of the whole Israelite community.” But knowing its just not enough to name them as a congregation, Moses also call

Build a Little Mishkan In Your Soul

Shalom Chevrei! When I was preparing for my bat mitzvah, I felt lucky that my parsha, Va-eira, was action packed. I remember feeling sorry for less fortunate classmates who had to wrestle with more descriptive parshiot, like last week’s T’rumah and this week’s T’tzaveh. Twelve-year-old me balked at the prospect of relating to blueprints and standard operating procedures for a structure that nobody has ever seen, that has seemingly no place in a Temple-less world. Besides, if God was supposed to be everywhere, why bother with building a mishkan in the first place? Didn’t the Israelites have better things to do? Older and (theoretically) wiser, I now appreciate that the mishkan wasn’t for God

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