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BPES is pleased to present “Let the People Sing: Congregational Singing in the American Conservative Synagogue, in the early to mid-20th Century”

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Tora Thoughts: Parashat Terumah 5778

B”H Tora Thoughts: Parashat Terumah 5778 Rabbi Rami Pavolotzky The Law and the Love Parashat Terumah is the first of a series of five parashot that deal with the building of the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, in the desert. The Hebrew word Terumah means “offering.” It is written at the beginning of this parasha: “The Lord spoke to Moses saying, speak to the children of Israel, and have them take for

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Torah Thoughts- Parashat Mishpatim 5778

B”H Parashat Mishpatim 5778 Rabbi Daniela “Rejecting freedom is a way to despise God, the Torah, and its values” This week’s parasha contains the first body of Torah legislation, dealing with different topics related to daily life. I would like to focus on one of the laws related to slavery. It is written in the Torah that when a person who is a slave has the option to become a

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Touching Heaven – Touching Earth Education Series by Dr. Ken Firestone

During the cold month of February, we look forward to keeping warm around the hearth of Torah’s fire together on Thursday nights.  Led by Dr. Ken Firestone, this series is entitled “Touching Heaven – Touching Earth”.

There are various goals for Torah study.  Some are more pragmatic, as we consider ways to apply Torah to our daily lives.  Other goals are less pragmatic, such as learning “for its own sake” (Torah lishmah). Together, these aspects of Torah address matters of “heaven and earth.”

This series of classes will expose adult learners to both types of Torah wisdom from diverse genres and periods of the Jewish religious tradition.  Texts will be presented from rabbinic literature (Talmud and Midrash), medieval philosophical literature (Maimonides), mystical literature from later periods (Kabbalistic and Chassidic text and tales) and modern Jewish thought.

The program will be held on Thursdays in February 1, 8, 15, and 22 at 7:30 pm.  The program is FREE and open to the public.

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