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This week’s parsha takes a deeper look into the meanings and representations of sacrifice and sin, what they are, and how we can reflect on them in our daily lives to consciously, consistently be making better decisions.
Just as building the universe was G-d’s creation, building the Mishkan was man’s creation. The Mishkan represents G-d’s footing and connection with his followers and represents a way we can find G-d in our everyday lives.
This week’s Parsha discusses the exodus from Egypt and the Israelites faith and trust in G-d. Just as the Israelites kept their faith to reach the Promised Land, we must now keep our trust in our COVID protocols, that we will one day reach the end of this pandemic.
This week’s Parsha discusses the exodus from Egypt and the start of new beginnings. Just as the Jews were given the gift of a clean slate, we receive our yearly rebirth with the start of a new year, with new goals and opportunities awaiting our arrival.
In this week's Torah Portion, Parshat Miketz, we learn about how valuable and telling one's dreams can be. This week we follow both Joseph and Jacob through their journey as they attempt to interpret their dreams.
This week's Dvar Torah, tells the story of how Jacob overcame a fight with an angel. Through this parshat, we learn how important it is to stay true to our beliefs in order to persevere through times of hardship.
This week's Dvar Torah, Parshat Vayetzei, teaches us why it is necessary to overcome the challenges that are presented before us. Throughout this Torah portion, we discuss how Jacob was able to overcome 14 years of hardships and how important it is for us to never give up.
In this week's Dvar Torah, we are introduced to Sarah and Abraham, an elderly couple who have never had children of their own. Finally, when Sarah is 90 years old, she is told that she will be able to have children.
This week's Dvar Torah helps us to understand the importance of finding hope within one's self as well as the importance of communication. The story of Noah's ark exhibits key findings that are essential to living a full and well-developed life.
In this week's Parsha, we discuss the importance of the Sukkah and why we built it the way we do. BBYO, as an organization, provides us with stability and the opportunity for reflection, just like a Sukkah.
Parshat Bamidbar is all about being faithful to G-d, and doing the right thing. The Israelites worked together and relied on each other to make it to the holy land, as they tested G-d. We must always think of others, lend a helping hand, and always do the right thing to achieve success in our own lives in that same way.
Parshat Behar is about letting the land rest so that it may be fruitful. This is similar to our own lives because we have had to learn to rest and slow down this past year. It is important to learn how to rest, and there are many lessons we can use moving forward when returning to a sense of normalcy.
Parshat Emor brings up the idea of compensation and sacrifice. While sacrifice doesn't have a place in our society today, it is more focused on the idea of performing mitzvot and becoming closer to G-d on a spiritual level.
This week's parshiyot, Tazria and Metzora concern the biblical disease of Tzara'at. This disease serves as a consequence of committing sins and going through a purification process to rejoin their communities once having understood the effect of their negative actions.
Parshat Shemini contains the rules of the Tabernacle, and Aaron and his sons' duty to stay in the tent for the first seven days. This past year we have been faced with "staying in the tent," and it is up to us to stay committed and do what is asked from us so that we can look forward to more normalcy.
This week's parsha describes the worship of the golden calf, and the selfishness of the act. Parshat Ki Tisa is important because it shows how our actions can be used to help or harm others, and how we can make a greater impact on others through our actions.
Parshat Yitro gives us the Ten Commandments. It makes us think about what G-d has commanded of us, and what the Mitzvot are. This leads to further interpretation of how we can incorporate them into our own practices, in ways that make sense for own religiosity.
This week, Parsha Beshalach is about Moses' connection with G-d, and asking him to part the sea, and provide them with food and water. We learn that sometimes it only takes one person to begin a task and receive help from G-d, but they have to attempt a task or else they will never know.
Parshat Bo follows the plagues unleashed in Egypt, and how they could have been avoided all together if Pharaoh had freed the Israelites instead of feeding his own self-interest. If we all make small changes to benefit others instead of ourselves, we can make a big difference in our quality of life and the world as a whole.
This week's parsha is when Moses learns he must act as a messenger for G-d, to get the Israelites out of Egypt. He does not initially view himself as a leader, but he learns that G-d will support him and everyone who puts in work and effort. This applies to issues we are facing now such as racism and anti-Semitism, because we have an obligation to help as Jews and as messengers.
In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Miketz, Joseph famously interprets dreams by communicating with G-d. There are many moments of déjà vu and parallels throughout Joseph's life, but is this calculated, or left to chance?
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