Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Av 2, 5774

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Rabbi Steven C. Wernick, JE Feature
MATOT, Numbers 30:2-32:42 "Rabbi, I'm not religious, but … ." It's a refrain we hear often, usually as part of an explanation of positive Jewish identity or as an apology for a lack of religious observance. But truth be told, there are a host of activities in which we engage religiously: We go to the Jersey shore every weekend -...
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Rabbi Jill L. Maderer
PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1 "Emotions, in my experience, aren't covered by single words," explains the protagonist, Cal, in Jeffrey Eugenides' novel Middlesex . "I don't believe in 'sadness,' 'joy' or 'regret.' I'd like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions … constructions like, say, … 'the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy' … 'the sadness inspired by failing restaurants.' I've...
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Rabbi David Gutterman
BALAK, Numbers 22:2-25:9 The phrase "a chip off the same block" usually refers to a person or thing that is made of the same stuff as somebody or something else. Were I to temper this definition with a Jewish accent, informed by this week's Torah portion, I might suggest a new phrase: "a chip off the same Balak." Though prima...
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CHUKAT
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Numbers 19:1-22:119:1-22:1 Just as our ancestors made their way through the desert long ago, we make our way through the book of Numbers now. When we read this portion, we are journeying through the month of Tammuz, which often includes the hottest days of the year, when walking on hot sand burns the soles of our feet, when our lips...
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Avivah Raziel, who helps bring life into the world as a neonatal nurse, was at work at Hadassah Hospital on Aug. 9, 2001, when she heard that a suicide bomber had struck a pizza place in the heart of Jerusalem, claiming 15 lives. "My first thought was there must have been many young people there," explained Raziel, 52, who between...
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