Throwback Thursday! As we celebrate Simchat Torah, we thought it would be fun to look back at a photo of one of our Rabbis educating our Religious School students about the Torah. Here’s Rabbi Walter with students in this 1989 archived photo.
"For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.
Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
━ Yeshua, the Messiah
Matthew 5: 18-20
"But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and in His Law he meditates day and night."
━ Psalm 1:2
"Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your Law!"
━ Psalm 119:18
"He will crown the humble with salvation.”
— Psalm 149:4
“Teach me, LORD, the way of your decrees, that I may follow it to the end.” ━ Psalm 119:33
Celebrating the Sukkot holiday. Israel, 1960.
"On the second day of the month, the heads of all the families, along with the priests and the Levites, gathered around Ezra the teacher to give attention to the words of the Torah (Law). They found written in theTorah, which the Lord had commanded through Moses, that the Israelites were to live in temporary shelters during the festival of the seventh month and that they should proclaim this word and spread it throughout their towns and in Jerusalem:
Go out into the hill country and bring back branches from olive and wild olive trees, and from myrtles, palms and shade trees, to make temporary shelters — as it is written.
… From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.
Day after day, from the first day to the last, Ezra read from the Book of the Law of God. They celebrated the festival for seven days, and on the eighth day, in accordance with the regulation, there was an assembly.”
— Nehemiah 8: 13-18