Special Shabbatot

Feb 05, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold
shekel coin

In Judaism, Shabbat is both our day off from the trials and labour of the working week, and our opportunity to reconnect to the things in life that are most important to us. Instead of focusing on our phones, work, and traffic, we get a whole day to instead zoom in on our families, great food, and of course, the Torah. Every Shabbat morning, a portion of the Torah – […]

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This Week’s Torah Portion: Yitro

Jan 31, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold
the ten commandments

Name: Yitro (Jethro) Reading: Exodus 18:1 – 20:23 Haftarah: Isiah 6:1 – 7:6; 9:5-6 Parsha Summary – Yitro Moses is Reunited with his Family Jethro hears of everything God has done for the Israelites and that they have been freed from Egypt. He takes his daughter (Moses’s wife) Zipporah and her two sons and travels to the Israelites’ encampment. He finds Moses and the family enjoys an emotional reunion. Moses […]


Fruit and Trees in Judaism

Jan 29, 2018  |  By Sarah Gold
fruit trees, tu b'shvat

Tomorrow night, we’ll celebrate Tu B’Shevat. Literally translated as the 15th of Shevat, it’s the Jewish calendar’s New Year for Trees. It may sound surprising that something as mundane and ubiquitous as trees should deserve their own holiday among dates as lofty as the Day of Atonement and the Festival of the Pentecost… but nevertheless, our green and brown friends retain their very own holiday. That’s because in Judaism, trees […]

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