Thursday, October 2, 2014 Tishri 8, 5775
BERESHI, Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
This is our time of beginning, again. On Rosh Hashanah, we ushered in a new year, 5771. For some of us, the 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur proved a time of contemplation and reflection, and then, following Kol Nidre, we entered the Sabbath of Sabbaths. We joined Jews across the world in repeating prayers and songs of...
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Sukkot
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
RABBI JOSHUA RUNYAN No matter where you turn this week -- whether you're walking along a residential street in the center of Israel, traipsing through midtown Manhattan or strolling along the tree-lined streets of more than a few neighborhoods in suburban Philadelphia -- you're bound to come across a few sukkahs, those curious-looking booths for which the current festival gets...
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YOM KIPPUR-YIZKOR, Leviticus 16:1-34
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
As I write this devar Torah and think ahead to Yom Kippur, my mind turns to the upcoming birth of my second child, due just the day before Yom Kippur. My first one had a similar due date, although she was born three weeks early. I was completely unprepared. I'd like to think that I am more prepared this time...
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HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
I consider it more than coincidental that the parshah most often read between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is Ha'azinu. The first word of this Torah reading bids us to listen, and we certainly have done a great deal of that during these Holy Days. We've listened to the chanting of the chazzan and to the rabbi's sermons; we've listened...
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KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
When did the Egyptian exile begin? That's an easy one, say Hebrew-school students the world over: When Jacob and his sons fled a famine and were reunited with Joseph. Right? Not according to this week's portion. As Moses finishes up his final address to the Jewish people prior to their entering the Land of Israel, he tells them that the...
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