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Study for the sake of the study

People are always asking me for accessible tools for studying Torah. There is a wonderful project currently on line called simply 929. It is named for the number of chapters in the Bible from Genesis through Chronicles. It is part of an effort to get people to study a chapter a day of Tanakh, Bible. This summer, the first cycle ended and a new one began.

Dozens of rabbis, Biblical scholars and educators from all walks of Jewish life have been submitting teachings and commentary along the way. You will find videos, posters, music and more, all related to the chapter of the day. Right now they are in the Book of Exodus, but all the past chapters are accessible.

I encourage you to check it out today!

I am linking to a piece by Rabbi Shai Held who talks about the incidents recorded in this week’s Torah portion that portray Jacob and Rebecca in a somewhat negative light. As Rabbi Held Suggests, “Sacred Ends Do Not Justify Crooked Means.”

Start there and begin exploring. I am confident you will enjoy it.

Rabbi Bradley Tecktiel has been Midbar Kodesh Temple's spiritual leader since August 2008. Rabbi Tecktiel was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in May of 1996. He holds two Bachelor of Arts degrees, one from List College and one from Columbia University. He also holds a Masters of Arts from the Jewish Theological Seminary.

You can follow him on Twitter @RabbiMKT.

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