Monday, April 27, 2015 Iyyar 8, 5775

Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Contained within these words just might be the most daring and necessary claim of Judaism: Vayakeil Moshe et kol adat B'nei Yisrael -- "Moses assembled the entire community of Israel." This first word should sound familiar to you because it is arguably the foundation upon which the entire structure of Judaism is affixed. You should hear the word kehillah --...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
About a month ago, leaders at Germantown Jewish Centre were focused on routine synagogue tasks, such as planning Shabbat services, and scheduling educational and social programs. Then, within a matter of days, these same leaders were forced to organize an ongoing cleanup and restoration project following a suspicious fire that destroyed a preschool classroom and left other parts of the...
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Rabbi Saul Grife has never made any bones about the fact that he loves the music of the Grateful Dead, as well as other groups from the classic rock era, especially Santana, Cream and Jethro Tull. Grife said that he finds inspiration in their fusion of diverse musical influences, sheer energy and, yes, their countercultural ethos. The religious leader of...
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KI TISA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
This week's Torah portion, whose centerpiece is the story of the Golden Calf, presents us with a typology of three different kind of leaders: Moses, Aaron and Chur. Two are household names, but Chur is not so well-known. Chur is mentioned at the end of Parashat Mishpatim. When Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the covenant, he...
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Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
Let's face it; Torah is not always easy to understand. Take for example, this week's portion, which describes the bloody ceremony of Aaron's investiture as high priest. In Tetzaveh, the consecration process is described in gory detail. Aaron and his sons must undergo three levels of purification. First, they were washed in water outside the entrance to the Tent of...
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