Sparks of Torah

Staying Connected

Whenever one swears falsely denying the claim of an item to its owner, a sacrifice is required to atone for that offense. However, in this week’s parsha there is an additional dimension added when the affronted is a convert. The offender is considered as though he has stolen from Hashem.

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Sparks of Torah

What is Good?

In a few days we will celebrate and “reenact” the receiving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. As with every Yom Tov besides the reading of the Torah we also read from a special scroll from the Writings. On Shavuos we read Megillas Rus which is an incredible account of the life of this amazingly righteous woman who was the great-grandmother of King David.

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This Week In Pictures

This week we had the unique pleasure of hosting Gary Torgow for a lunchtime meeting. Gary Torgow, a veteran community lay leader, is the Chairman of Huntington National Bank and is on the boards of DTE Energy (NYSE), Blue Cross BlueShield of Michigan and Corewell Health Beaumont Hospital. He joined us to discuss how we can make the greatest positive impact right here in our community, at a time when it is needed most. We learned a lot and were honored by his presence and time. Here is this week in Pictures.

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Kid's Crafts

Cheesecake time!

Just in time for Shavuos, enjoy this delectable cheesecake recipe you can make with your whole family. What a joy to spend the time in the kitchen together! For a video of Gila making this recipe with her family, click here.

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Chai Lights

Chai Lights: Spotlight on our Educators – Chaya Leah Clague

Chaya Leah Clague is a familiar face in and around The Jewish Experience and The Family Experience. If you’ve visited the TJE offices, she’s the Office Manager that you see when you first walk in, ensuring each and every visitor to TJE is greeted with a smile and a friendly face. In addition to helping these offices run smoothly day in and day out, she is also an incredible teacher, gifted musician, and welcome addition to the teaching team at The Sunday Experience.

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This Week in Pictures

This week we are thrilled to share a photo gallery from the Women’s Experience’s Women of the Book event. It was held last night, Thursday, May 30th at the beautiful Acoya Cherry Creek, where the Women’s Experience gathered to learn all about the creation of Gila Ross’s book “Living Beautifully.” The Women’s Experience enjoyed a delicious spread, wonderful community and a fascinating evening. Here is this week in Pictures:

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Sparks of Torah

True Peace

We live in dangerous times when peace is elusive. Battles rage, there are many casualties and the wars continue to wear us down and the light at the end of the tunnel is dark. This week’s parsha gives us a clue how to survive in these difficult periods which even less than a year ago we had no illusions that such challenging chapters were set to unfold.

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Sparks of Torah

Why 33?

We know that thousands of students of the great Torah scholar Rabbi Akiva died during this period. During this time, we pay tribute to their memory and avoid happy occasions such as marriage. The plague that engulfed them ended on the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, the 18th of the month of Iyar. Therefore, we pause the national mourning in honor of their memory.

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This Week in Pictures

What a full week it was! It all started with a Shabbos Dinner last Friday with our Akiva Experience Department, a packed Sunday Shenanigans with the Family Experience, a special birthday and so much more. Here is this week in Pictures at The Jewish Experience.

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Women's Experience

Lag Baomer-The Holiday of Resilience

We are currently in the time period of Sefiras Haomer, counting down (or rather counting up!) the days between Pesach and Shavous.  These should be exceedingly joyous days as we move from celebrating the Exodus from Egypt on Pesach to becoming the nation who accepted Hashem’s Torah on Shavuot.    However, these days have become days of mourning, due to the death of the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva who did not treat each other with the proper respect.  

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Sparks of Torah

Timeless Torah

We are obliged to guard the Torah. Rashi understands this to mean that we must be informed and know the sources of the mitzvos. Malbim expounds upon Rashi  clarifying that genuine preserving is in the heart, the storage facility of our knowledge. Certainly, we must study and realize this but it would seem that guarding has a much more profound intent.

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This Week in Pictures

It’s been a busy time at The Jewish Experience post-Pesach! Our weekly learning every Wednesday is going strong, we have many Shabbat dinner opportunities, and so much more coming soon! For now, here is a quick look at last week’s Mother’s Day Lunch and our weekly learning this past Wednesday. And stay tuned for more coming soon!

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