Weekly Torah Portion

Jerusalem Lights Parashat Va'Etchanan 5781: One Love

This week’s Torah portion of Va’Etchanan coincides with the ‘Sabbath of Consolation’ as well as this Shabbat being ‘Tu B’Av,’ the ancient Israelite holiday of the 15th of Av. The double identity of this special Sabbath conveys a message of the revelation of Divine love, and indeed in this week’s portion we are commanded ‘And you shall love Hashem your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might.’ But how do we go about loving G-d? How could Torah command us concerning what we should be feeling? And how do we get to know G-d well enough to love Him? What does it really mean to love Him with all our heart, soul, and might? 

The Torah portion of Va'Etchanan (Deuteronomy 3: 23 - 7 : 11) is read on Shabbat Nachamu - the 'Sabbath of Consolation' - Menachem Av 15, 5780 (Tu B'Av)  - July 24, 2021


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Jerusalem Lights Podcast #67 - Israel in the Wilderness: The War Against the Truth

Parashat Behalotcha This week’s Torah portion of Behalotcha focuses on the enigmatic Generation of the Desert, providing a snapshot of their ups and downs as they traverse through the wilderness, making camp and breaking camp to travel further according to Divine signals. Fast forward to today, as we too traverse through the wilderness of this world…our Jerusalem Lights podcast examines and reviews shocking examples of the sharp rise in anti-Semitic attacks that have taken place in the last month throughout the USA and the world, and the deafening silence of the most of the world’s media platforms and political leaders. Is it just ‘anti-Zionism’ – or is it much deeper? This week’s Jerusalem Lights podcast is a rallying call for unity and taking a stand for truth. The G-d of Israel is an unabashed Zionist! Where do you stand on the matter?


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Israel Under Attack, Part 1 

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.


Rabbi Chaim Richman Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone

Jerusalem Lights | Torah for Everyone