Category Archives: Divrei Torah

Yom Kippur Day – Prayer and Unetaneh Tokef – 2013

Compiled by Rabbi Sherril Gilbert Maybe you know the story of Chayim. Chayim prays to God. “Ribono shel olam, Creator of the Universe, I come to you for shacharit, for minchah, and for maariv—for services in the morning, afternoon, and evening, and … Continue reading

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Rosh Hashanah 2013 -The River that Flows from the Garden

Compiled by Rabbi Sherril Gilbert Inspired by and adapted from Rabbi Shefa Gold (2002) and Rabbi Jonathan Kligler According to the Sages, Rosh Hashanah is supposed to be celebrated in Joy. Not a raucous party kind of joy, but not a … Continue reading

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Yom Kippur 2013 – Jewish Renewal

Rabbi Sherril Gilbert, with inspiration from Hashem, Reb Zalman and Rabbi Malka Druker Several years ago, I had the honour of leading High Holyday services for Chavurah Har Kodesh. We held services on the evening and first two mornings of … Continue reading

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Parashat Balak – (2013/5773) -The Art of Seeing

Rabbi Sherril Gilbert (2013) The way that we view the world says much about our way of being in the world. How we choose to see people who are different from us inevitably determines our response to them – how … Continue reading

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Parashat Korach – (2013/5773) – The Rabble Rouser

This week in Torah, we meet one of the greatest rabble-rousers of the Book, a man named Korach. Korach was a leading member of [the Kehatites,] the most prestigious of the Levite families. Remember that in those times, the community … Continue reading

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Parashat NASO – (2013/5773) – The Priestly Blessing

In this week’s parasha, Naso (“lift/add”), God instructs the Kohanim – the priests – to bless theIsraelites (6:24-26). In its original Hebrew form, the priestly blessing is a stylized poem on three lines, and contains six distinct blessings. May God bless … Continue reading

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Parashat Ki Tissa (2013/5773): The Light of Humility

Compiled by Rabbi Sherril Gilbert In this week’s Torah reading, we are still in intense drama mode. We’ve come out of slavery in Egypt, crossed the Red Sea, struggled to make a life for ourselves in the wilderness, and experienced … Continue reading

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