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Torah Portion

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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...
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Slowing Down Provides the True Path to Gold

I don't usually watch a lot of TV, but this summer I find myself glued to the Tour de France bike race and the...
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Red Heifer Provides Guidance for Mitzvot

Some things in life are readily understood, while others have to be taken on faith. Through the principle of cause and effect, I know that...
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Mah Tovu: What Can We Do to Expand Our Tent?

In the midst of our book of wandering, a Moabite sovereign engages a seer from a distant land in the hopes of cursing and...
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There’s Something Broken About This Peace

This week's Torah reading begins by dealing with the aftermath of a horrific event at the end of last week's reading. God has brought...
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Rich and Seductive Text Adds Meaning to Pesach

As Passover concludes, we may feel quite full. We may have gathered around several tables and shared varied Passover meals. And we may have...
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When Encountering the Other, Try Respect

Each week in synagogue, we read a portion from the Torah and, alongside it, a portion from the Prophets, the Haftorah, which picks up...
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There Is Great Meaning in the Flame

This week's Torah reading discusses details of the sacrificial service, the ancient Israelites' way of connecting with God. Although these passages may be of...
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Seeking Worthy Guides on Life’s Long Journey

This is the season of pageant and protocol, as we celebrate graduations and weddings. As we participate in such celebrations during this season, perhaps...