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The Third Sunday of the Year

 The Third Sunday of the Year (21 January 2018) Lectionary readings: Jonah 3:1-5,10; Psalm 24(25):4-6,7b-9; 1 Corinthians 7:29-31; Mark 1:14-20   Download   Today’s gospel offers a summary of Jesus’ mission according to Mark (1:14-15), highlighting four important aspects: it is good news (euangelion); it is responsive to the possibility of the present time (kairos);…

Parashat Bo

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Bo –Erev Shabbat, January 19, 2018 Week of 14 -20 January Torah portion: Exodus 10:1-13:16                          Haftarah Jeremiah 46: 13-28   Download   This week the struggle between Moses and Pharaoh continues.  Do we GO (Bo) or not?  Moses and Aaron return again after 7 plagues have struck the Egyptians and warn…

The Second Sunday of the Year

 The Second Sunday of the Year (14 January 2018)  Lectionary readings: 1Sam 3:3-10. 19; Ps 40; 1Cor 6:13-15. 17-20; Jn 1:35-42  Theme: Jesus, the Lamb of God   Download   What strikes me about this gospel narrative is the use of names and titles. It begins with naming John whom we know as the Baptizer….

Parashah Va’era

 Shabbat Table Talk Parashah Va’era – Erev Shabbat 12th January 2018 Torah portion:  Ex. 6:2-9:35            Haftarah: Ezek. 28:25-29:21   Download   Our parashah Va-era takes its name from history of ancestors of Israel to whom G-d “appeared” with the name El-Shaddai and now to Moses He reveals the ineffable name YHWH.  The central thrust is…

ANNIVERSARY OF BAT KOL’S FOUNDING 8 JANUARY 2018

ANNIVERSARY OF BAT KOL’S FOUNDING 8 JANUARY 2018 1983-2018     Monday, January 08, 2018, the Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus. This is the day we celebrate the founding of the Bat Kol Institute, now in existence for 35 years.   Two aspects of Bat Kol Institute are specifically remembered on the day the…

Baptism of the Lord

Baptism of the Lord (January 7, 2018) Isa 42:1-4, 6-7,; Ps 29:1-4, 9b-10; Acts 10:34-38; Matt 3:13-17  Theme: Baptismal gift and responsibility   Download   In today’s Gospel story on the baptism of Jesus by John in the Jordan River we are told the identity of Jesus by a voice of heaven with these words:…

Parashat Shemot

 Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Shemot – Erev Shabbat 5th January 2018 Torah portion: Ex 1:1-6:1  Haftarah: Is 27:6-28:13, 29:22-23 Download   “Do what you’re told, and you won’t get in trouble!” As a mom of ten, I have lost track of how many times I said something close to that. Usually exclaimed in exasperation to…

Holy Family Sunday

Holy Family (31 December 2017) Sir 3:3-7, 14-17a; Ps 128:1-5; Col 3:12-21; Matt 2:13-15 19-23   Theme: Above all these, put on love. Download   I used to be a cantor in a Catholic church, and when it was time to sing Psalm 128, I would always cringe. After suffering in silence for several years,…

Parashat Vayechi

Shabbat Table Talk Parashat Vayechi, 29th December 2017 Week of 24th -30th  December 2017   Torah portion: Genesis 47:28-50:26    Haftarah: 1 Kings 2:1-12   Theme: God’s unexpected ways beyond comprehension!   Download     Vayechi, Yaakov “And Jacob lived” is the opening word of the parashah which  followed his lifespan. Where one would have expected…

The Fourth Sunday of Advent

The Fourth Sunday of Advent, – 24 December, 2017 2 Sam 7:1-5, 8-12, 16; Psalm 89; Rom 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38  “Hail, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”   Download   The fourth and the last Sunday of Advent, the day before Christmas, what are the life-giving messages, inspiring wisdoms as we about to…