Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
SIMCHAT TORAH
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As Jews, we have a long history of eschewing physical representations for fear of practicing idolatry. When we speak of Torah, we often mean the words of Torah and all the commentaries, laws and ideas that have sprung forth from these words. Throughout the year, Torah permeates our lives on an intellectual, emotional or moral level. For many of us,...
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Sukkot
By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Autumn brings with it many transitions -- from the heat of the sun to the coolness of falling leaves, from vacation to the familiar rhythms of school and work, from regular days to festival days and back again. Through it all, we return again and again to central questions.
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By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
YOM KIPPUR Is this the fast I look for? On Yom Kippur, we Jews imagine our deaths. We spend the day in prayer and contemplation. Some of us wear a kittel, the simple garment in which we will be buried. We turn away from daily pleasures of comfort, including bathing, wearing cosmetics and leather, and any intimate contact. Many of...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
ROSH HASHANAH, Genesis 22:1-24 Here we are, celebrating, literally, the "head of the year." Just as the head directs the body, so, too, Rosh Hashanah and how we approach this auspicious holiday influences the entire year. We bless each other with good wishes for health and success, we eat sweet foods in the hope that we know no more bitterness,...
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Nitzavim-Vayelek, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 In Nitzavim-Vayelek, the people gather together as Moses prepares to pass his leadership position on to Joshua. The Torah lists the different parts of society that are present: from the highest tribal leaders to strangers, from women and children to woodchoppers and water drawers. This extensive list implies the inclusion of the entire society. The people gather...
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