Sunday, December 28, 2014 Tevet 6, 5775
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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KI TETSE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
This week's portion, Ki Tetse, can overwhelm us with its long list of laws. The sheer number is mind-boggling, and when we try to make sense of them, we are faced with mixed emotions and reactions. They are designed to protect the weak from injustices: You must not use alternate weights and measures that would deceive the buyer of your...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The upcoming month of Elul is a time of preparation for entering the new year, a time of counting our way toward the 10 days of turning and introspection that invites each of us to frame our own journey in the light of our collective one. The rabbis teach that the very name of this month echoes the words of...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
My wife and I recently returned from an amazing eco-trip to Alaska. I can't fully describe the wonder of being enveloped in the immediacy of natural life. To be but a stone's throw from a glacier, and to observe caribou, bear and eagles in their natural habitats are transformative experiences. In addition to the sheer majesty of the wild, it...
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