Friday, December 19, 2014 Kislev 27, 5775
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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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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