Wednesday, April 16, 2014 Nisan 16, 5774
Bamidbar, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
This week, we begin the fourth book of Moses. You will, no doubt, recognize its English name more readily than its Hebrew moniker. In English, it is known as the book of Numbers, yet the rabbis give it the appellation of chumash ha'pi'kudim, the book of Countings. Indeed, we begin with a census of the Jewish people. But, upon a...
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BECHUKOTAI, Vayikra 26:3-27:34
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Oy! What is happening in the world? A cyclone in Myanmar, an earthquake in China, fires in Florida. Tornadoes in the central United States. These disasters have all occurred within the last few weeks. Such natural phenomena are powerful, scary and overwhelming. We cannot control them. We cannot prevent them from happening, and often cannot even predict them. They remind...
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B'HAR, Leviticus 25:1-26:2
By:
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
Ask students how many days are left in the school year, and they will probably be able to tell you the exact number. In fact, some students will even be able to tell you how many hours are left, or even how many English or algebra classes remain. Somehow, knowing exactly how much school is left makes the journey more...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
As Israel's first chief rabbi, Abraham Isaac Kook, once pronounced, "Judaism was born with the hope of a land; Israel is Judaism's land of hope." A few weeks ago, we assembled around our tables and recounted the narrative of our people's journey to freedom. More than 3,000 years ago, b'yad chazaka u'v'z'roah netu'ya , "with a strong hand and an...
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TAZRIA, Leviticus 12:1-13:59
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
One of the remarkable characteristics of our computer-dependent society is the way we've fortified the metaphors of our lives to the extent that they can replace the lives that we lead in reality. Unlike the tangible, "brick-and-mortar" bookstores, we can browse the stocked "shelves" of Amazon.com in the middle of the night, dressed only in our pajamas. Social networking sites...
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