Friday, December 26, 2014 Tevet 4, 5775
NOAH, Genesis 6:9-11:32
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
The narrative of the flood and the family of Noah occupies much of this week's portion. Compared to the previous portion that dealt with creation and the family of Adam and Eve, these early chapters deal not with the ancestors of the Jews but with the generic ancestors of all humanity. Adam and Noah represent a vision of creation that...
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BERESHIT,Genesis 1:1-6:8
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
Eve has taken the blame for the expulsion from Eden, death and, in Christian theology, original sin. All this befell humanity because Eve was weak, unable to resist the serpent's seduction, and then Eve led Adam into sin. But Eve has gotten a bum rap. The rabbis are close readers of the Torah, and so we find this in the...
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HOL HAMOED SUKKOT, Exodus 33:12-34:26
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Not every culture recommends joy as wholeheartedly as Americans do. To hear us tell it, we're entitled to joy unbridled. We even have a detergent called "Joy" -- cleaning up should be joyful! Well, why not? Isn't it natural to seek out happiness? The quest goes back at least to Ecclesiastes (Kohelet, in Hebrew), who sought to maximize life by...
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HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
By:
Rabbi Shlomo Riskin
Once, during the days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, known as the Ten Days of Repentance, a simple disciple of the Rebbe Yisrael Baal Shemtov, founder of the Chasidic movement, asked his master two questions. First, what is the most fitting request to make of the Almighty during this period? Should we ask for another year of life, should...
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Va-Yelekh, Deuteronomy 31:1-31:30
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
This week's parshah, Va-Yelekh, is always part of the High Holiday season. We read it either together with Nitsavim on the Shabbat before Rosh Hashanah or, as this year, by itself on Shabbat Shuva, the Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The setting is the last few hours of Moses' life. He reassures the people that, even when he...
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