Thursday, August 28, 2014 Elul 2, 5774
TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Names are incredibly useful; indeed, they are vital inventions. Without them, we would scarcely be able to communicate with each other or even identify objects in the world around us. This week's Torah portion has its fair share of names. There's Aaron and his sons -- Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar -- all of whom appear in relation to the...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
Two Shabbats ago, in the Torah portion Yitro, God appeared to the people in an awesome show of splendor from atop Mount Sinai. "All the people witnessed the thunder and lightning, the blare of the horn and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they fell back and stood at a distance." Moses warned them not to come...
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MISHPATIM, Exodus 21:1-24:18
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
"And you shall be a holy people unto me." With these words from Exodus, one might argue that this week's portion encapsulates the essence of Torah. Nestled amidst a legal compendium covering a range of ritual, civil and criminal issues, this stirring phrase allows us to glimpse the goal of sanctified living. The Zohar actually refers to the 613 mitzvot,...
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YITRO, Exodus, 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, JE Feature
This week's portion, Yitro, which is named after an elder who was not a Jew, includes the first recitation of the Ten Commandments. Throughout the centuries, Jews have debated how Moses' father-in-law Yitro, or Jethro, came to be identified with the first articulation of the basic laws that have guided so many for so long. Jethro joins Moses, Aaron and...
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Beshalach, Exodus 13:17-17:16
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Geometry tells us that the shortest path between two points is a straight line. A glance at the geography of the Mideast shows us that the quickest route from the fertile plains of northern Egypt to Israel follows the Mediterranean shore. But this week's Torah portion opens with a curious detail: Instead of seeking the fastest way out of a...
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