Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Tammuz 24, 5774
Shoftim, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
It's not just Wall Street, Las Vegas and the lotto that all need to know the future. Nature itself puts a premium on such a trait. Lower orders of animals, for example, use acute sensory perception to predict weather changes and the threat of predators. Humans have traded in such sensory acuity for the brain power to speculate on longer-term...
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RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
"See [ re'eh ] this day I set before you a blessing and a curse: A blessing when you listen ( tishme'u ) to the commandments of the Lord your God ... and a curse if you do not listen to the commandments ... you shall give the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Eyval ... ."...
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EIKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
Someone once said that you can explain almost all of the Jewish holidays with a single sentence: They tried to kill us, we survived, let's eat! Okay, it's not really that simple, but there's no doubt that food is an important part of Jewish life. And it's not only the so-called "Jewish food" of my childhood -- chicken soup, brisket,...
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V'etchanan, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Charles Dickens gave us a tale of two cities. Here's a tale of two oceans. Western civilization was born over two millennia ago in Greece and Rome, two cultures that emphasized the physical. The Greeks pioneered the sculpting of the human body. The Romans mastered the engineering skill necessary to construct roads and aqueducts in support of a massive empire...
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Devarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This Shabbat comes before the observance of Tisha B'Av, which commemorates the fall of the first and second Temples (586 BCE and 70 C.E.). It is called Shabbat Hazon after the first words of the Haftorah portion: "Hazon Yishayahu, the vision of Isaiah." Isaiah's prophecy is of the destruction of Jerusalem, replete with the castigation of sinners. It is an...
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