Weekly Torah Portion – Yitro

In this week’s parsha of Yitro, God descends to Mt Sinai in a thick murky cloud to give the people the 10 commandments. While the Israelites keep a safe distance, Moses steps into the fog to meet God. This is what we must to.. embrace mystery or miss out on the whole thing.

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Yitro. Continue reading “Weekly Torah Portion – Yitro”

Weekly Parshah Reflections – Beshalach

In the torah portion of Beshalach, the Israelites finally escape from Egypt and make their way to the Promised Land. As they roam through the desert they begin to complain of hunger. They are given manna. Soon they will complain about that as well. What does their story teach us about a positive outlook and when we have it?

Welcome to the “Raising Holy Sparks” podcast! Hope you enjoy these short weekly insights into the torah portion! This week we dive deep into the Parshah of Beshalach. Continue reading “Weekly Parshah Reflections – Beshalach”

Weekly Parshah Reflections – Bo

In this week’s torah portion of Bo we find the final 3 of the 10 plagues against the Egyptians. We also find the very first commandment given to the Israelites – that they must mark each new moon, Rosh Chodesh. Time, more than space, is the focus of sanctification in Judaism.

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Weekly Torah Portion – Va'era

In this week’s torah portion of Va’era we have the first seven of the ten plagues against the Egyptians. In the context of Moses striking down the task-master that was beating a slave and the drowning of the Egyptians in the Sea.. the question remains how should we feel about the use of violence?

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Weekly Torah Portion – Shemot

This week’s torah portion, Shemot, marks the beginning of the second book of Torah – the Book Of Exodus. In these early stories of moving towards liberation, we find a Moses who is hesitant to lead the people out of slavery: what if they do not listen to me, he asks. Yet they do. Most of the time we are more likely to be surprised than for our expectations of complete failure met.

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Elevating the stories of women, sharing our light with others, plus much more.

“If we were only able to see, the whole earth would appear to us like a tree on fire, and we would see a tree on fire in every human frame.”

— Rachel Adler

The reflection on these chapters is part of the broader 929 project where you read a chapter-a-day (weekends excluded – so only 5 chapters per week) of the Tanakh/Hebrew Bible.

We are working our way towards February 2, 2022 – when we will have read the whole Hebrew Bible by then! Ahhh! Continue reading “Elevating the stories of women, sharing our light with others, plus much more.”