Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
LECH-LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Who out there is just a little bit relieved that the holidays are over? Of course, they were wonderful, but finally, we can say goodbye to all those relatives, our children can start their fall routine at school, and we can get something done at work. The Torah portions reflect this new rhythm as we settle into the narrative of...
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NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
For centuries, our sages have debated the relative moral status of our sedra's title character. The Torah describes Noah as "wholehearted and righteous in his generation." Do these descriptors praise Noah -- or damn him? Some claim that maintaining one's moral compass during a depraved age represents high ethical achievement. Others state that Noah would have been dwarfed had he...
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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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