Weekly Torah Portion



Jerusalem Lights Parashat Ha'azinu/The Sabbath of Repentance 5781: Hearing vs. Listening




A Message for ‘Shabbat Shuva,’ the Sabbath of Repentance

Just two days before Yom Kippur, on this first Shabbat of the year 5781, the Torah portion of Ha’azinu (‘Give Ear!) is read. Just prior to his death, Moses calls upon the very heavens and earth themselves to listen, and bear witness to his ‘song’… the history of the nation of Israel from its inception until the Messianic redemption, a song that spans every generation and includes love and consolation, rebuke and chastising, and ultimately, Redemption. Parashat Ha’azinu is the true Redemption Song…but internalizing its message depends on understanding the difference between hearing and listening. Truly listening can help us to connect heaven and earth. 

The Torah portion of Ha'azinu (Deut. 32)  is read on Shabbat Shuva, the 'Sabbath of Repentance' - Shabbat, Tishrei 8, 5781  - September 26, 2020



Global Lock-down: A Time for Reflection, A Time for Change



The Book of Leviticus, the Divine Service, and the Temple Offerings: Heart of the Torah 

As we usher in the glorious month of Nisan, time of Redemption, the people of Israel now begin to read the third book of the Bible, Leviticus, called 'the heart of the Torah.'  How do we understand the korbanot, the Temple offerings, which seem so difficult to relate to in our modern world? Rabbi Chaim Richman and Jim Long discuss the meaning and significance of the Temple offerings in the shadow of  a world paralyzed by the Corona virus, which is now keeping nearly three billion people the world over in lock-down.

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Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone

Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone