Friday, August 22, 2014 Av 26, 5774
KI TETZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
On Sunday, Aug. 19, Jews around the world welcomed the month of Elul with a single blast of the shofar. At the kotel, women who gathered in honor of Rosh Hodesh Elul were arrested for wearing modest ritual garb. They were removed from this holy place before they could hear the shofar. Their arrest signified the state's denial of their...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
A refuge comes in many forms. For many children, husbands and wives, home is a refuge, a shelter from the pressures of the world and the criticisms of others. In many states, national wildlife refuges provide shelter for birds and other animals -- plots of land and sea protected from the encroachments of hunters and heavy industry. In this week's...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Although we know that we have five senses with which to apprehend the world, we tend to rely heavily on our sense of sight. We say, "Seeing is believing," and when we can't see something, we have a hard time believing it's really there. This week's Torah reading addresses this problem in the moral realm. When we are making a...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
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 Olympics. Watching bikers and sprinters and pole jumpers move through the air at the speed of light, I can sometimes feel a little pathetic as I sit stationary on my couch. However, Ekev, our portion this...
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VAET'HANAN, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb
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 ... let me go over, I pray Thee, and see the good land that is beyond the Jordan ... but the Lord was wroth with me ... and hearkened not unto me; and the Lord said...
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