Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Iyyar 9, 5775

Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The portion we read on this last week of the month of Av begins with a simple, declarative sentence of seven Hebrew words. The first word is a verb in the imperative mode -- Re'eh: See. See. How often do we open our eyes and truly "see"? We live in a world where we are surrounded by wide screens filled...
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Jared Shelly, JE Feature
John Harris never had so many people ask him the same exact question: Was Congregation Beth Am Israel getting ready to put a windmill on its roof? The answer was no, said Harris, but the Penn Valley shul is moving its electric power to the greener side of things, ditching regular service for PECO Wind. The program will allow the...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
The colloquial expression "well-heeled" means to be wealthy. Jewishly, it might mean something else -- at least we can infer so from this week's Torah portion. V'haya Eikev Tish'm'un begins our text. Our JPS translation reads: "And if you obey these rules and observe them carefully, the Lord your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made...
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Va'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
The Ten Commandments are the best-known section of the Bible. In recent years, our society has debated what place, if any, the commandments should have in the public square. Yet we can ask a more fundamental question regarding these sacred commandments: "Are there really 10?" This week's portion lists the "Ten Commandments," but just as in the earlier listing of...
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D'VARIM HAZON, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
When he was accused of incessantly harping on the past, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel responded: "Jews don't live in the past, but the past lives in us." The Jewish calendar does not just mark dates and events; it records the demeanor and tone of the Jewish people at any given time. The month that we have entered...
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