Tuesday, May 5, 2015 Iyyar 16, 5775
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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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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