Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
We say it and we pray it, so it must be true. Pesach, z'man cheiruteinu: "Passover, the time of our freedom." Let's put that theory to the test, shall we? Back-breaking cleaning performed at breakneck speed every day for two weeks prior to the holiday; running to this store and negotiating that long line to buy Passover products; cruising and...
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By:
Rabbi David Straus
Rabbi David Straus Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26 This Shabbat, we begin the third book of the Torah - Vayikra, or Leviticus. In his introduction to Leviticus, Dr. Gunther Plaut writes, "This third book of the Torah contains some of the loftiest passages found in the Bible. It is in this book that we read, 'Love your neighbor as yourself' and 'Proclaim...
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By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
Mishpatim Exodus 21:1-24:18; 30:11-16 I like to think of Mishpatim as "the morning after." WhatI mean by that is simple. Last week's portion concluded with the dramatic revelation of the 10 Commandments at Mount Sinai. It's a tough act to follow, but something had to happen next, and that's the subject of Mishpatim, which means "laws." You probably already know...
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YITRO Exodus 18:1-20:23
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Rabbi Robert Rubin
The Ten Commandments are a central part of the experience of the Jewish people at Mount Sinai after their liberation from slavery in Egypt. They are major statements of faith and guidance on how we should live our lives in relation to God and each other. Freedom from slavery was great and glorious. We celebrate this national freedom not only...
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BESHALACH Exodus 13:17-17:16
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Rabbi David Gutterman-JE Feature
Many years ago, I heard a lecture from a Cold War analyst, a Sovietologist. He told a story about two birds from Moscow who were flying north trying to make their way to the more open plains of Finland. As they approached the border, they were met by two Finnish birds. "Life must be horrendous back there in the Soviet...
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