Torah Sparks

United Synagogue (USCJ) is proud and delighted to bring you Torah Sparks, with insights and learning materials on the Parasha (Torah portion) of the week. Torah Sparks is produced by the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem.

Each week there will be a Dvar Torah - a discussion on some aspect of the reading, by CY faculty, alumni and friends; a Vort - a short thought from Chasidic rebbes or other thinkers about some point in the text; and Table Talk - questions to stimulate discussion on the Parsha around the Shabbat table. Torah Sparks is available here on the Conservative Yeshiva's Shiurim Online Beit Midrash website, as well as by subscription to weekly graphical emails. Please select the Parasha you would like to see - it will display articles from each year. A printable PDF is linked at the end of each week's presentation.


Yoma, Chapter 8, Mishnah 8

Yoma, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Eight   Introduction This mishnah discusses how a person can get atonement.  We should note that the Mishnah makes a seamless transition from how atonement was effected when the Temple still stood—through sacrifices, to how it is effected after the destruction—through atonement and Yom HaKippurim.  In Temple times, Yom HaKippurim itself […]

Yoma, Chapter 8, Mishnah 9

Yoma, Chapter Eight, Mishnah Nine   Introduction The last chapter of the tractate continues to deal with the laws of teshuvah.   Mishnah Nine 1)      One who says: I shall sin and repent, sin and repent, they do not afford him the opportunity to repent. a)      [If one says]: I shall sin and Yom HaKippurim […]

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Mishnah Yomit

Learn one Mishnah each day with the Conservative Yeshiva's Mishnah Yomit, prepared by faculty member Dr. Joshua Kulp.

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