A Bissel of Torah: VAKIRA (LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26)

VAKIRA (LEVITICUS 1:1-5:26) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant This week’s Torah Parsha (VAKIRA) is the first Parsha in the Book of Leviticus, known formally as ‘Torat Kohanim’ (instructions for the Priests) (1). The title for this Parsha defines the entire Book of Leviticus. We have just completed reading the thrilling and dramatic story of the […]

A ‘BISSEL’ OF TORAH: TETZAVEH (EXODUS 27:20-30:10) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

The primary theme of last week’s Torah Parsha (TERUMAH) was the building of the Mishken (Sanctuary). Each Israelite donated the gold; silver; copper; fabric; and, all of the other materials required to create a dwelling of splendor, where God would live ‘within its midst’. This week’s Torah Parsha (TETZAVEH), begins with God speaking to Moses: […]

A Bissel of Torah: YITRO (EXODUS 18:1-20:23) By Joy Scott, Am Haskalah Congregant

This week’s Torah Parsha (YITRO) consists of two episodes, which appear to be a study in contrast. In the first (Chapter 18, YITRO), Moses’ father-in-law, a high level Midianite provides Moses lessons in management and governance. In the second, the prime mover is God, Himself, who, in an unprecedented and unrepeated epiphany, appears before an […]

Congregation Am Haskalah Board Meeting May 3, 2018

Congregation Am Haskalah Board Meeting     In Attendance: Liz Fear, Rachel Zane, Jane Levine, Izzy Studzienko, Anita Goldman, Joy Scott   Naches and Chesed: Finkelsteins – sent donation in memory of Jerry Nepon Emily Zane – chosen representative for Governor’s Regional School Safety Task Force Update report on status of Chesed list members Reflection […]