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18
Apr

Shalom Aleichem

A traditional Hebrew song sung by Jews every Friday night upon returning home from synagogue prayer. It signals the arrival of the Jewish Sabbath, welcoming the angels who accompany a person home on the eve of the Sabbath. Performed by Fusion worship leader Tracy Thomas. SHALOM ALEICHEM Shalom aleichem mal'achei hasharet mal'achei elyon Mimelech mal'achei [...]
11
Mar

Sparked and Still Burning: Tetzaveh

This week’s Torah portion begins with God saying to Moses,“You yourself will command the children of Israel to take pure, pressed olive oil for illumination, to kindle the lamp continually” (Exodus 27:20). Only a few precepts in the Torah are introduced by the word tetzaveh, or “command,” rather than the more commonly used words tomar, “to say,” or tedabber, “to speak.” What does this difference mean? […]