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Rabbi Judith HaLevy, Rabbi Emerita of the

Malibu Jewish Center & Synagogue, is now the

Rabbi of the Taos Jewish Center.


She holds advanced degrees in International Relations from both Rutgers University and Columbia University, and studied international education in Mexico City and Tel Aviv.
Yet Taos holds a special place in her heart.

Rabbi Judith says, L’chaim! To Life!

"For me, personally, this is a moment of great celebration and homecoming. As many of you know, Taos was my home for eighteen years, and the Taos community provided the very foundation of my spiritual life.... I was always the 'Rabbi from Taos.' Now, in these retirement years, my dream has come true." 



CHALLENGING TORAH, a weekly Video commentary by Rabbi Judith,

and used by her permission and that of the Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue.

Shabbat Shalom!

Parashat Tezavveh

Torah: Exodus 28:29 - 29:18 -- The Breastplate of judgment; Priests' garments and investiture


1 Samuel 30:1-18 - David saves his two wives and an Amalekit's servant

1 Samuel 23:1-13 -- David consults the Ephod

March 4, 2023 / 11 Adar 5783

Parashat  Ki Tissa

Torah: Exodus 32:7-32:35 -- The Golden Calf

Numbers 19:1-10 -- the Red Heifer

Haftarah: Ezekiel 36:23-38 -- Moral purification of Israel

1 Kings 12:25-13:10 -- Jereboam's idolatry

March 11, 2023 / 18 Adar  5783

Parashat  VaYakhel-P'kudei

Torah: Exodus 35:20-36:7; 39:2-32 -- Wisdom in craftsmanship; Pesach instructions

Haftarah: 2 Kings 23:1-27 -- Josiah revives Pesach

Ezra 6:19-7:10 -- Exiles celebrate Pesach

Jeremiah 9:22-10:16 -- Ethical wisdom

March 18, 2023 / 25 Adar 5783

Parashat VaYikra

Torah: Leviticus 2:7-4:5 -- Meal offering first fruits; Peace offering; sin offering


Haftarah: Isaiah 44:6-23 -- God's greatness contrasted with the sin of idolatry


March 25, 2023 / 3 Nisan 5783

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