This week, for the portion of Pekudei, we remember Michael Ira Jacobson, big brother of our founder, David. This week, the Torah discuss all the artistic details of the tabernacle and how impressive and beautiful it was. We remember Michael for how much life and beauty he brought to this world and the people around him. He joyfully served the
This week, we are commanded to rest on Shabbat. This is a day that has kept the Jewish people and our peace of mind. The 7 day week system and especially the day of rest is a beautiful gift that the Jewish people gave the world, and something every person, no matter race or religion can benefit from. May everyone
This week is all about forgiveness. When Moses comes down from the mountain to see that his people have created a golden calf to praise instead of the god who redeemed them from Egypt. God does not abandon them, he has Moses return with the 10 Commandments and forgives his people. May we all give other the chance to forgive
This week’s portion is about decorating the priests and the tabernacle. Right now in Israel, we are celebrating the blooming of spring flowers, beauty dotting the desert, mountains and plains of the holy land. May we all feel that something colorful is beginning to bloom this weekend! Shabbat Shalom! Photo: Calaniot blooming by Amatzia, Israel by Talia Jacobson
This week’s Torah portion “Mishpatim”, which means “rules” or “ordinances”, is derived from the Hebrew word “shaphat” (to judge) and highlights Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. These rules cover a wide range of civil, criminal, ritual, financial and family laws. “Now these are the rules that you shall set before them.” Holding such values builds trust and sets expectations
This week, we receive the Ten Commandments and become a people. With a land we are heading to, a language we speak and a lifestyle to follow, we are complete. This is the start to a beautiful beginning of peoplehood. Shabbat Shalom! Photo: The Almond Blossoms in Jerusalem, Talia Jacobson.