Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
The month of Adar began this past week. It is traditional to usher it in with more merriment than usual, as a warm-up to Purim, and in that spirit I offer the following reflections on this week’s portion, Terumah.
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 22:4-8
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
It is not easy to lead an ethical life. There are so many choices to be made each day, and, as detailed in this week’s Torah portion, so many guidelines and rules to be considered. Why bother? Who cares? Does it really matter how I act?
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
We arrive this week at Yitro. We have come through the sea, singing songs of triumph and dancing with joy. Now the work of becoming a people begins.
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Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
As Beshalach opens, Moses is leading the people out of Egypt. Ten plagues have devastated the Egyptian people and the lush land.
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Vayeitzei, Genesis 28:10-32:3
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The opening words of this portion, "and Jacob left," set a narrative in motion that begins with Jacob's flight from his brother Esau's fury at having been robbed of his birthright. Jacob's trickery is matched by his father-in-law Laban, who ensures that his daughter Leah is married before her younger sister, Rachel, for whom Jacob works for seven years.
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