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L’Chaim v’Yayin Torah Study Group

That’s right!  L’Chaim v’Yayin is issuing a 5776 Parsha Challenge!

Do you always start the New Year with the intention to study Torah every week?  Do you typically lose interest by the time you get to Numbers?  (Yup, we’ve been there, but we made it through.)

Well, we at L’Chaim v’Yayin are here to help:

We’re challenging our members to form Parsha study groups.  These groups can be according to neighborhood, knowledge, ease of schedule, in-person or online or via conference call — you name it, you can do it (literally).  Keep each other motivated, learn a little Torah, and enjoy a nosh.  What’s not to love?

Just like last year, we are forming a group on the Hill that will begin meeting this Sunday, October 4th at 10:00am.

Email if you want to know how to start your own group or join the group on the Hill.


We Did It!!

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The Capitol Hill neighborhood L’Chaim v’Yayin Torah Study Group accepted last year’s Parsha Challenge and on Sunday, September 27th, 2015/14 Tishrei, 5776 we will have completed reading the entire Torah! (The rest is commentary)

Can we get an “AMEN”!?

Please feel free to join us in this simcha and also to raise the Sukkah at Virginia’s house Sunday morning starting at 10:00 am.  Email for directions and details.

ALSO, speaking of Sukkot, Hill Havurah will be holding its first annual Sukkah Walk this Sunday as well.  If you’re in the neighborhood around 4:00pm-ish you should totally join us.  Register here

Shabbat Shalom!!

Speaking of tithing…(Parshat Re’eh)


Last week in the Republican primary debate, presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson offered tithing as part of the basis for his tax plan.

Yesterday, during our discussion of Parshat Re’eh,  we also discussed the concept of tithing:

Deuteronomy Chapter 14, verses 27-29:  “But do not neglect the Levite in your community, for he has no hereditary portion as you have. Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your yield of that year, but leave it within your settlements.  Then the Levite, who has no hereditary portion as you have, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your settlements shall come and eat their fill, so that the L-rd your G-d may bless you in all the enterprises you undertake”

Deuteronomy Chapter 15, verse 11:  “For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you:  open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land.”

What does tithing mean to you?  Is it on your mind this week?

As we approach Rosh Hodesh Elul this Sunday (yes, this Sunday already!), what are your thoughts or reflections as we wrap up 5775 in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah 5776?

As many of you know, we have a pretty cool Torah study group happening on the Hill on Sunday mornings, 10:00 am, (email for deets) and we’d really love to hear your thoughts on the Parsha – either in the comments section or just hit “reply-all” if you’re receiving this via the LCVY Google Group

L’Chaim v’Yayin Parsha Study Group


Our 5775 Parsha Challenge has been rolling right along and it’s been just wonderful. We’ve been meeting every Sunday and have benefited from each other’s knowledge, wisdom, and laughter.

As we begin the Book of Exodus this week, please feel free to jump in and join us.  We’ve been meeting in the lovely Capitol Hill neighborhood, but the location can be flexible — nothing is set in stone (ok, well some things are, as we are about to find out!).

Email for more details.

Parsha Challenge 5775 ACCEPTED!

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The new Torah cycle began with reading of Breishit on October 18. This is an unusual reading in that, due to the holiday cycle, Breishit is not introduced earlier in the week. Going forward, the Torah portions are generally reviewed in advance of their reading.*

On October 19, the first Curbside Torah group met to review both Breishit** and the upcoming portion, Noach.*** We will be reviewing Lekh Lekha**** on the coming Sunday, October 26.

For this coming Sunday, if you are reviewing Lekh Lekha, you might want to consider “Lekh Lekha Great Sources” — — and/or “Something to Notice”
Abraham is told: “go forth to [or for] yourself.” How are others “going forth” in exploring the weekly parashah?

*In the regular course of the year, the first verses of a new Torah portion are introduced on Shabbat afternoon and read on Monday and Thursday morning, in advance of the full reading on the following Shabbat. E.g: Noach was introduced on Shabbat afternoon, October 18, and the first 14 verses are read Oct. 20 and Oct. 23, in advance of the full reading on Oct. 25.

**Breishit, Genesis 1:1-6:8
Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 42:5 – 43:10
Haftarah for Sephardim: Isaiah 42:5 – 42:21

***Noach, Genesis 6:9-11:32
Haftarah for Ashkenazim: Isaiah 54:1 – 55:5
Haftarah for Sephardim: Isaiah 54:1 – 54:10

****Lekh Lekha, Genesis 12:1-17:27
Haftarah: Isaiah 40:27-41:16