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Torah Portion

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His Last Words: Service to God ‘Is Your Very Life’

What would your last words be if you knew you were about to die? How would you choose and position your words to reflect...
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This Is the Time to Turn Back to God

Some might say it is a coincidence of our calendar that this week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is read just before the High Holidays....
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Portion Challenges Us to Rethink What Is Just

On Sunday, Aug. 19, Jews around the world welcomed the month of Elul with a single blast of the shofar. At the kotel, women...

Are These Merely Laws, Totally Bereft of Soul?

Open a volume of the Code of Federal Regulations or a copy of your local township's ordinances and you'll likely find a dry tabulation...
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Seek Refuge in Most Glorious of Spots: Torah

A refuge comes in many forms. For many children, husbands and wives, home is a refuge, a shelter from the pressures of the world...

People Long to Have a Symbol of the Divine

 KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35Rav Abba bar Aha said: "It is difficult to fathom the character of this people: when asked to contribute to the...
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When Is Dissent Healthy and When Damaging?

Turn on the radio these days and you get an earful of the latest election news with the campaigns of President Barack Obama and...

Divine Power Is Absolute, but Humans Do Matter

Beginning with last week's Torah portion and continuing through this week's and those to follow, the story of the Exodus is full of miraculous...
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Prayer: It Is Like a Balm Upon a Terrible Wound

In this week's Torah portion, we read how Moses fervently prayed that he be granted the privilege of entering the Promised Land. "Oh Lord...
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Itineraries of the Past Give Structure to Life

The book of Numbers opened with a list of the heads of the tribes of Israel and with the preparations for the journey toward...