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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 Nasso (Take a Census)

Torah: Numbers 4:21 - 7:89 -- The longest portion in the Torah opens by detailing responsibilities of the Levites. It also describes laws of a woman suspected of adultery (sotah), the Nazirite, and the priestly blessing. The portion ends by listing the gifts that heads of tribes bring to the Mishkan (Tabernacle).


Judges 13:2 - 13:25 -- Birth of Samson


June 3, 2023 / 14 Sivan 5783


Parashat  Be'Ha'Alotkha (When you Raise)

Torah: Numbers 11:1 - 11:29

God instructs Moses to inaugurate the Levites for service in the Mishkan (Tabernacle). It also recounts the stories of people who request a second chance to offer the Passover sacrifice, complaints of the Israelites and their punishments, and a disease that affects Miriam.


Haftarah: 2 Kings 2:2-2:15 -- Elijah's spirit rests upon Elisha


June 10, 2023 / 21 Sivan 5783

Parashat Sh'lach L'Kha (Send)

Torah: Numbers 13:1 - 15:41 --  The story of Israelite spies journeying into Canaan, their negative report and the resulting punishment decreed upon the Israelites: to wander and die in the desert over forty years. It ends with laws about sacrifices, the story of a man who desecrates Shabbat, and the commandment to wear ritual fringes. 


Haftarah:Zechariah 8:3- 8:23 -- God will save Israel despite their provocations.

June 17, 2023 / 28 Sivan 5783

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