Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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Rabbi Danielle Stillman
KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8 My family and I traveled a lot this summer. We took road trips and flew on airplanes, visited loved ones and experienced beautiful parts of the country. Traveling takes me out of my box just enough to shake me up and help me see the world in new ways. But it is also exhausting -- all...
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Rabbi Howard A. Addison
KI TEITZEI, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19 Rabbi Howard A. Addison How shall we budget our money? Since last year's recession began, this question has risen to ever higher levels of existential concern. For some, this has meant curtailing vacation plans. For others, the choices are starker: Do we pay the rent, purchase needed medication or put food on the table? Recent articles...
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Sara Esther Crispe, Jewish Exponent Feature
How classic is the scene, played out endlessly in movies, of the estranged couple who walk away from one another. At some point, the man turns around, wanting to call her name, ask for another chance, beg for forgiveness. He is about to speak, but her back is turned. She is getting farther and farther away. He tells himself that...
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Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9 The opening words of this week's portion instruct the Israelites to "appoint magistrates and officials," judges and judicial administrators "in all [your] settlements ... [to] govern the people with due justice." Twenty years ago, my daughter spent her 13th summer chanting these verses, over and over, as she prepared for her Bat Mitzvah. In the past month,...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 This week's portion presents a near impossible religious imperative. Beginning a long list of laws covering everything from what foods may be eaten to the fixing of the three major festivals, the portion devotes nearly a third of its text to ridding the Land of Israel of idolatry. Should a false prophet arise, or should an entire...
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