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 Chayyei Sarah

Genesis 24:1-38 -- Abraham looks to the future and seeks a wife for Isaac.

Haftarah: 1 Kings 1:1-31 -- David looks to the future and appoints Solomon as his heir.

Nov. 19, 2022 / 25 Cheshvan 5783

Parashat Tol'dot

Torah:  Genesis 26:12-35 -- Isaac's problems with the Philistines; their peace treaty

Haftarah:2 Samuel 23:1-17 -- David's men gain water from the Philistines

Nov 26, 2022 /  2 Kislev 5783


Parashat  VaYeitzei

Torah: Genesis 29:12-30:24 -- Jacob's service for Rachel; Rachel, Leah and their children


Hosea 12:13-13:8; 14:9-10 -- Sins of Israel, mention of Jacob's service

Dec. 3, 2022 / 9 Kislev 5783

Parashat  VaYishlach

Torah: Genesis 33:1-34:31 -- Jacob's reconciliation with Esau; the rape of Dinah.

Haftarah: Hosea 12:1-11 -- Comparison of history of Israel with life of Jacob.

Dec 10, 2022 / 16 Kislev 5783

Parashat  VaYeishev

Torah: Genesis 39:1-23 -- Joseph resists seduction by Potiphar's wife.

Haftarah: Amos 2:6-3:8 -- Prophet warns against injustice and immorality

Dec 17, 2022 / 23 Kislev 5783