Thursday, December 25, 2014 Tevet 3, 5775
TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
After the revelation at Sinai, how do we meet the challenge of becoming "a kingdom of priests and a holy nation"? Moses repeats "all the commands ... and all the rules ... (and) the people answer with one voice: ... 'All the things that God has commanded we will do!' " The Torah translates that lofty hope into a clear...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
This week's Torah portion begins a bit like a bill of lading, listing all of the raw materials that went into the construction of the Tabernacle. All told, this movable sanctuary required "gold, silver and copper; blue, purple and crimson yarns, fine linen, goats' hair; tanned ram skins, [other animal] skins, and acacia wood; oil for lighting, spices for the...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
Fear plays a controversial yet enduring role in our lives. While an Old Norse saying asserts, "Fear profits a man nothing," the Greek playwright, Aeschylus, observed that fear "must keep its watchful place at the heart's controls." The modern philosopher Bertrand Russell counted "those who fear life as three parts dead," while the British statesman, Benjamin Disraeli, claimed "fear .....
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By:
Rabbi Fred V. Davidow
The Israelites were "caught between the devil and the deep blue sea" when they reached the Sea of Reeds. Pressing from the rear was Pharaoh's army. Lying before them was an impassable barrier of water. The Israelites complained bitterly to Moses that he had not done them any favor by liberating them from slavery. They assailed him with a sarcastic...
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BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
By:
Joshua Runyan
This week's Torah portion is its 15th out of 53, and describes the final three plagues to befall the Egyptians before Pharaoh lets the fledgling Israelites free. It begins and ends smack dab in the middle of the Passover narrative, leaving off the splitting of the Sea of Reeds for next week. But for all intents and purposes, the Torah...
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