Nicole Villalpando is a past president of her Sisterhood, the Southwest District, and served on WRJ Board from 2009-2022.
Twenty-two chapters into Genesis, we come to the Torah portion for the first day of the new year, Yom Rishon shel Rosh HaShanah. This chapter (Genesis 22:1-19) is also known as “The Akedah” or “The Binding.”
Abraham is facing the test not unlike what...
Nitzavim begins with these words:
“You stand this day, all of you, before your God -- you tribal heads, you elders, and you officials, all the men of Israel, you children, you women, even the stranger within your camp, from woodchopper to water drawer -- to
The story of Rebekah can be a great cautionary tale of how not to be a “good Jewish mother.” You know the stereotype: an anxious mother who fawns over her children and then uses guilt to get her children to make the choices she wants them to make.
“Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: Tell the Israelite people to bring Me gifts: you shall accept gifts for Me from every person whose heart is so moved.” (Exodus, 25:1)
This, of course, is what we like to think of as the original congregational building fund..