Saturday, April 30, 2016 Nisan 22, 5776
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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By:
Rabbi Adam Zeff
Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10 In Jewish tradition, we spend a lot of time trying to figure out God's will. We study the words of the Torah and their many interpretations in an attempt to understand what message God might be sending us. But what if there were a way of asking God a question? What if we could communicate directly with...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Five years ago, my brother requested an unusual 50th birthday gift. He asked if we would join him to work for a couple of days in hurricane-ravaged New Orleans. We readily agreed. On our last day there, we explored neighborhoods beyond the severely damaged St. Bernard Parish, where we had joined a remarkable gathering of volunteers of all ages from...
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24:18
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Open a volume of the Code of Federal Regulations or a copy of your local township's ordinances and you'll likely find a dry tabulation of seemingly disconnected laws, bereft of soul and lacking in any semblance of overarching character. At first glance, that appears to be what this week's Torah portion offers: a list of 53 laws dealing with such...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
"If you will obey Me faithfully and keep My covenant you shall be My treasured possession among all the peoples. Indeed, all the earth is Mine, but you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." God speaks these words through Moses to the people, as they prepare to receive the Ten Commandments on Mt. Sinai...
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