Sunday, March 1, 2015 AdarI 10, 5775

KI TAVOH, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Craig H. Axler
This week's Torah portion, Ki Tavoh, presents a window into a very specific ritual as it was practiced in ancient Israel: the presentation of the "first fruits of the Land," the Bikkurim offering. This section of Torah -- Deuteronomy 26 -- is perhaps best known for its inclusion in the Maggid (storytelling) section of the Passover seder. "My father was...
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KI TETZI, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jim Egolf
Don't you hate it when you forget what you were about to say? It was on the tip of your tongue, and then, as if by some magical spell, the thought is whisked away forever, it seems. Then we engage in that systematic attempt to reconstruct the events, conversation or story we were involved with in order to remember. Zachor...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Jeffery Schnitzer
It's no coincidence that we read the Torah portion of Shoftim on the first Sabbath of the Hebrew month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah. It signals the time when we must begin the serious spiritual work of evaluating our deeds and actions -- our very lives -- as the Day of Judgment approaches. I've often wondered why it...
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In the warmer months, it's 'Devotion by the Ocean'
By:
Carin M. Smilk, JE Feature
It was the kind of day you wish for all winter long -- hot, sunny, with a gentle breeze that dried perspiration just as it started to form on brows and noses. The ocean was as calm and clear as a wading pool, and the weekend crowds hadn't yet begun to fill up Margate, N.J. But instead of relishing the...
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Shul's out for summer! Well, not quite: For the most part, services at area synagogues continue through July and August uninterrupted; and unlike teachers, rabbis generally don't have their summers off. But that doesn't mean that the warm-weather months don't offer religious leaders a bit of downtime. After all, this is the season when many synagogue activities come to a...
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