Saturday, November 22, 2014 Heshvan 29, 5775
Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20
By:
Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman
Savvy real estate brokers have this advice: "Three things make for success -- location, location and location." I know little about such things, so I can hardly comment on this. But I can guarantee the validity of a parallel remark about Judaism. "Three things make for a successful relationship: covenant, covenant and covenant." From start to finish, the Torah is...
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KI TAVO, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Richard Hirsh
This week's portion opens with an agricultural-calendrical reference that seems out of place as we come close to Rosh Hashanah. The portion describes the ancient offering of the first fruits (with its echo of Shavuot) and an obligatory accompanying recitation ("My father was a wandering Aramean ... ") that is included in the Pesach Haggadah. Traditional interpreters hold that the...
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Ki Tetzei, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Joyce Newmark
"If a man has a wayward and defiant son, who does not heed his father or his mother and does not obey them even after they discipline him, his father and mother shall take hold of him and bring him out to the elders of his town at the public place of his community. "They shall say to the elders...
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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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