Parshat Toldot

Posted on November 25, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

By Sarah Goldstein Chodesh Tov v’ Shabbat shalom, In this world we often get caught in the world of externals and challenges.  Even for those of us who have deeper goals and are looking for that depth, so often we can feel that the deep wells of water, of dveikus, Read More

Parshat Chayei Sarah

Posted on November 18, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

By Yehudis Golshevsky After the death of Sorah Imeinu, the Zohar teaches that her diyokan–her essential persona–remained within her tent, but it lacked a means through which it could become manifest until Yitzchak brought Rivka home as his bride. For three years, some form of her essence pervaded her private Read More

Parshat VaYeira

Posted on November 11, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

By Micha Golshevsky In this parshah we find that Avraham gave Yitzchak a bris milah when he was eight days old. When the communists took over Lithuania, Rabbi Yankeleh Galinsky was staying with the local mohel, Reb Aizik. When the head of the KGB came for a visit, Aizik sent Read More

Parshat Lech Lecha

Posted on November 7, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

By Sarah Goldstein This week, the Torah tells Avraham, and thereby us לך לך מארצך וממולדתך ומית אביך אל הארץ אשר אראך… Hashem is asking each of us to leave the old ruts we are stuck in in so many areas in our lives, and go to our deepest self, Read More

Parshat Noach

Posted on October 28, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

Kindness to Animals By Rav Micha Golshevsky In Parshas Noach we find that Noach fed the animals in the ark a full solar year. But why did the flood last so long? The Midrash explains that Noach and his family were spared during the flood in the merit of this Read More

Parshat Bereisheet

Posted on October 26, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: BEREISHEET.

Art by Matthew Klaver By Yael Dworkin Breishis!! New Year. New Potential. New Beginnings. We are all invited to create ourselves anew with authentically inspired originality- to become wholesome, integrated, and complete. Putting away the mirror that only reflects the distortions of past limitations, rather, we are encouraged to look Read More

Parshat Nitzavim

Posted on September 23, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: DEVARIM.

By Yehudis Golshevsky I’ve always felt that one of the most uplifting elements of these parashiyos — and there are many — is the promise that, after all is said and done, we are definitely going to do teshuvah as a People. “All these things” — blessings and curses — Read More

Parshat Ki Tavo

Posted on September 15, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: DEVARIM.

Uplifting Creation By Rav Micha Golshevsky This parshah begins with the mitzvah to bring the first fruits to Yerushalayim and recite some special verses of thanks to Hashem. The Heichal Habrochah explains that the first fruits are the product of long and painstaking effort, and they embody the task of Read More

Parshat Ki Tetzei

Posted on September 9, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: DEVARIM.

The Inner Battle By Yael Dworkin The Zohar Hakadosh relates the following story: A group of wise men were out walking when they happened to meet on the way a group of strong military men. The wise men asked the soldiers where they were coming back from. The soldiers answered: Read More

Parshat Shoftim

Posted on September 2, 2022 by Shiviti. Categories: DEVARIM.

By Rav Micha Golshevsky Internalizing Emunah This parsha we find that one who accidentally killed a fellow Jew must flee to a city of refuge. The six cities of refuge that were designated by Moshe allude to the six words of the first verse of shema. The forty-two  cities that Read More

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