Saturday, August 30, 2014 Elul 4, 5774
Song of Songs
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
As Passover concludes, we may feel quite full. We may have gathered around several tables and shared varied Passover meals. And we may have studied some of the texts of this holiday: the Haggadah, one of the most beloved and re-edited, re-printed and elaborated of Jewish texts, and the various Torah portions assigned to this holiday. One of the most...
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Passover
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan (184)
People tend to think of freedom in terms of negating a pre-existing condition. So they talk about freedom from coercion, from tyranny, from oppression, from constraint. Few look at freedom's positive side. At Pesach, it's precisely the "freedom to do" that we celebrate, recognizing that without drawing closer to the Divine, physical freedom is just an illusion. The Pesach story,...
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TZAV, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
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 historical interest, the specifics of the animals, meal offerings and oil libations may leave readers cold. What do they have to do with our lives so many centuries later, when our worship is so very different?...
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VAYAKHEL, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Is each person a world unto himself? Or is the whole greater than the sum of its parts?
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
KI TISSA, Exodus 30:11-34:35 Rav Abba bar Aha said: "It is difficult to fathom the character of this people: when asked to contribute to the making of the [golden] calf, they respond; when asked to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle, they respond!" This midrash points to a central puzzle in this week's portion, Ki Tissa. It opens with...
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