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Chag Sameach!

Shalom Home wishes everyone a Shabbat Shalom and a happy and meaningful seder tonight! We hope you find yourself surrounded by community, whether it be made up of family, friends, or somewhere in between! As you sit at the seder table it is our hope that you feel a sense of comfort, peace, and connectedness.

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Late Posting of Parshah Vayikra: To Err is Human, to Forgive is also Human

I apologize for this week’s d’var being delayed. I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Shabbat. This week’s parshah, Vayikra, focused on sins, expiations, burnt offerings, and mediation through the priestly class. What do you bring, why do you bring, and to whom do you bring? These are the questions we receive clarification on… Continue reading Late Posting of Parshah Vayikra: To Err is Human, to Forgive is also Human

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Parshah Vayakhel-Pekudei: What Does it Mean to Observe Shabbat?

Shabbat Shalom! This Shabbat to close out the book of Exodus we have a double parshah composed of Vayakhel and Pekudei. Additionally, this Shabbat is known as Shabbat Parah, the Shabbat of the Red Heifer. One of the chukim, torah laws beyond human comprehension, concerns the Red Heifer. The Red Heifer was used by the… Continue reading Parshah Vayakhel-Pekudei: What Does it Mean to Observe Shabbat?

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Parshah Tetzaveh: The Magic of Connection

Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah title according to the Kabbalist Hayyim ben Moshe ibn Attar, also known as the Ohr HaChaim, has multiple meanings. The Ohr HaChaim states, “The word tetzaveh, "to command," also means "to connect" and "to bond." The opening pasuk of Tetzaveh is translated as, “You shall further command the Israelites to bring… Continue reading Parshah Tetzaveh: The Magic of Connection

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Parshah Terumah: More Than Just a Building

Shabbat Shalom! This week’s parshah opens up with Moshe Rabbeinu after he has spoken with Hashem. Moshe begins by asking his constituents, bnai yisrael (the children of Israel) to give. If they are so emotionally inclined they should give what they can. RAMBAM, the famous physician and philosopher, codified eight levels of giving charity. One… Continue reading Parshah Terumah: More Than Just a Building