Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
SUKKOT There is something magical about a sukkah. It holds us inside its flimsy walls, decorated with lights and colors. Sitting inside, barely separated from the night, we are forced to make our own warmth and joy through steaming food, and the laughter of friends and family. The shelter is temporary, but through joy, we make it something more. During...
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By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-32:52 This week's portion, Ha'azinu, begins with an imperative -- "Hear!" Before his passing Moses composed an epic poem recounting the triumphs and travails of Israel's wanderings. He warned his listeners of the pitfalls that would lie ahead upon entering the Promised Land. Heaven and Earth were summoned as witnesses to a renewed covenant solemnized on the Jordan...
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By:
Steven Schwarzman
The economic downturn has caused many of us to think long and hard about rebalancing our investment portfolios, reducing expenses and readjusting our priorities, especially when faced with a job loss, the loss of retirement income or looming medical bills. We know that recovering economically will take thought and effort. We know there really are no shortcuts to riches. Difficult...
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By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
ROSH HASHANAH One of the most resonant prayers of the Rosh Hashanah liturgy is the piyyut , or "poem," known by its first two words, "U'netaneh Tokef" -- "Let us declare the powerful holiness of this day." The origins of this haunting litany are mysterious, intensifying the impact of the words -- "On Rosh Hashanah it is recorded and on...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
NITSAVIM/VA-YELEKH, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30 On the bell curve representing all possible drivers, the incredibly timid among us occupy one small section at the end. The other end is where the uber-aggressive reside. As the vast majority of people are, on the whole, calm, cool and collected, the existence of either of the above populations presents no great problem. But what happens...
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