Sparks of Torah

Why The Kohen Gadol?

We are well aware of the dispute between Korach and Moshe. One of his basic claims was why it is necessary to have special people conduct the service in the Mishkan. After all, the entire nation was consecrated after we received the Torah on Mt. Sinai so why can’t we all partake of the privilege of offering the sacrifices and the other duties that pertain to the operation of the Mishkan?

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This Week In Pictures

What a packed week it has been at The Jewish Experience! In addition to our regular weekly learning, the Women’s Experience had a fabulous clothing swap and our Family Experience Division is prepping for another great Family Shabbos Dinner! Enjoy this week in Pictures at TJE!

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Where Does The King Live?

The Mishkan that was erected in the desert was a stunning work of art. The covering was a beautifully fashioned woven tapestry and the walls were made from acacia wood perfectly attached and set up to form a parameter around the inside for the Aron that housed the Tablets from Mt. Sinai, the exquisite candelabrum, the table of the showbread and the golden altar. Of course, the outside altar was used for the regular sacrifices surrounded by an array of specially designed curtains.

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Destined for Catastrophe

We are introduced in the parsha to a very interesting concept of owning a Jewish slave. Specifically, we are dealing with one who has stolen and was unable to repay for his robbery. The Beis Din, the Jewish court system, sells the burglar in order to pay the debt and after six years he is freed. However, there is a clause that if the slave wishes to remain with his master he may do so.

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This Week In Pictures

We have so much wonderful new programming coming out of the new Family Experience Division! With two big Shabbos Dinners this month as well as the Sunday Experience and so much more – make sure to take some time to take a look at all the great education and inspiration that our families are enjoying! Last weekend The Sunday Experience even had a special mitzvah day where participants designed “modeh ani’ and “shema” pillows and had a delicious blessings party!

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Catching Up with the Sunday Experience

We’ve got some great photos from last week’s Sunday Experience – and this Sunday all kids (and parents) are invited to bring a friend along for a special Mitzvah Day program. We have a special lineup for your kids and can’t wait to share it with you!
Shabbat Shalom!

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True Royalty

In today’s world of inappropriate classifications, we sometimes are confused as to what is really what! As an example, would be what is really royalty and what does it mean? As we look eastward at the UK we will notice that people of truly no majestic quality parading as though they really are. And they usurp millions from the common folk who indeed work very hard as opposed to the king and queen who do nothing and yet are treated with tremendous respect and reverence.

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Packaged Eternity

Of course, to discuss packaged eternity is somewhat of an oxymoron, but we will explain. The people enjoyed the Manna in the desert and actually it was an unusual item because it was not organic. As the Sages mention, it was the same ‘food’ that the angels ‘consumed,’ therefore it was not earthly, rather divine.

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Catching Up with the Sunday Experience

Who doesn’t love some good pictures?! So we thought we’d send you some snapshots from Sunday’s Israel Fair – where lots of families joined us to do an activity related to the seven species of Israel, including challah making, grape juice making and more! It was followed by a delicious Israeli lunch. 

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Aleeza Ben Shalom: Photo Gallery

What an incredible night we had! Aleeza Ben Shalom was fabulous! We had an amazing evening learning all about her journey, learning how to become our own matchmakers and then even had a packed Jewish Speed Dating event after! Thank you to everyone who made such a memorable evening happen!

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A Penny For Your Thoughts

Certainly, everyone has heard this adage at one point. And, of course, it seems to be a secular saying that people use to promote conversation and sharing of different ideas. However, truly we may assert that this saying is rooted in the words of Nachmonides although in somewhat a different vogue. As we all know, these parshios in the Torah convey important lessons that we must learn and adapt to fortify our faith in Hashem, especially in these difficult times when we are under assault not only in Eretz Yisroel but actually worldwide.

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