Winning Isn’t Everything

Los Angeles is in a winning frenzy and it isn’t even award season!  Los Angeles teams, the Kings, Ducks and the Clippers are battling in their respective sports ‘ playoffs. Even if you are not a great basketball or hockey fan you can’t escape the determination and grit that these players show during each game. …Read more »

The End and a Beginning

Parshat Vaykheil-Pekude Exodus 35:1 – 40:38   This week’s Parasha continues with the recounting of the building of the Mishkan.  In Parshat Terumah  and Parshat Tetzaveh, the instructions and designs are revealed to Moses.  And tradition states that in our portions this week, the plans are executed.  Moses now tells the Children of Israel of…Read more »

Leadership Style

Parshat Ki Tissa Exodus 30:11-34:35    This week we observe the joyous holiday of Purim.  The Story of Esther in our Tanach, the Hebrew Scriptures, reminds us of the human strength to be the voice of justice and truth.  Esther prepared for three days of prayer and a day of fasting to summons the courage…Read more »

Leadership Style

Parshat Ki Tissa Exodus 30:11-34:35    This week we observe the joyous holiday of Purim.  The Story of Esther in our Tanach, the Hebrew Scriptures, reminds us of the human strength to be the voice of justice and truth.  Esther prepared for three days of prayer and a day of fasting to summons the courage…Read more »

Continuing Revelation

Parshat Mishpatim Exodus  21:1 -24:18 Our Torah portion this week, Parshat Mishpatim expounds and expands the Ten Commandments given in last week’s Torah portion, Yitro.  The Jewish people are blessed with a system of law and rules to live by.   Why weren’t “Ten” rules for living enough?  Why does God give Moses further instruction?  The…Read more »

The Bones of Joseph

Parshat Beshallach Exodus 13:17-17:16 Our Torah portion contains one of the most well-known moments in the Bible.  This week the Children of Israel walk between walls of water on dry land to escape Egypt and Pharaoh’s army.  Cinematic images of Charlton Heston as Moses are burned into our global psyches!   Moses raises his staff…Read more »