Author Archive | Cantor David Reinwald

Parashat Shemot

This week’s portion, Shemot, which opens the book of Exodus, is a very rich one. And while we often refer to it as “Exodus,” this book and the portion in Hebrew is known as Shemot—“names.” The portion begins with a listing of the sons of Israel (Jacob) who have now become the tribes. It first […]

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Parashat Toledot

In this week’s parashah, Toledot, we see an endless portrayal of sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau. This rivalry ends in trickery, Jacob getting his way several times while reversing the order of the way things might have otherwise been. He receives the blessing from his dying father meant for his brother, and in what […]

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Parashat Vayera

Parashat Vayera includes the story of the Akeidah, or the binding of Isaac, one that has been a struggle for many to comprehend.  If you had asked me when I was younger what was my favorite story to hear from the Torah, it was this one.  And, I was always excited to hear it read […]

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Parashat R’eih

This week’s Torah Portion opens with one of the lines of the Torah that I find most beautiful and thought-provoking: “See, this day I set before you blessing and curse: blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Eternal your God that I enjoin upon you this day; and curse, if you do not obey […]

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