Tuesday, September 16, 2014 Elul 21, 5774
Pekudei, Exodus 38:21-40:38
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Some years ago in that bastion of Americana known as Readers Digest , I recall reading about a survey conducted by Art Linkletter with a group of youngsters. They were asked what was the most popular book in their house? It was a virtual tie between mommy's cookbook and daddy's checkbook. Yes, times have changed. Just ask Chef Emeril Lagasse...
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Vayakhel, Exodus 35:1-38:20
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Contained within these words just might be the most daring and necessary claim of Judaism: Vayakeil Moshe et kol adat B'nei Yisrael -- "Moses assembled the entire community of Israel." This first word should sound familiar to you because it is arguably the foundation upon which the entire structure of Judaism is affixed. You should hear the word kehillah --...
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KI TISA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
This week's Torah portion, whose centerpiece is the story of the Golden Calf, presents us with a typology of three different kind of leaders: Moses, Aaron and Chur. Two are household names, but Chur is not so well-known. Chur is mentioned at the end of Parashat Mishpatim. When Moses ascends Mount Sinai to receive the tablets of the covenant, he...
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Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
Let's face it; Torah is not always easy to understand. Take for example, this week's portion, which describes the bloody ceremony of Aaron's investiture as high priest. In Tetzaveh, the consecration process is described in gory detail. Aaron and his sons must undergo three levels of purification. First, they were washed in water outside the entrance to the Tent of...
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Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Jay M. Stein
"And let them make Me a sanctuary that I might dwell among them." A few weeks ago, Jethro told Moses that he needed to delegate some of his authority so that the Jewish people might function more effectively. He said: "Have them [the judges you appoint] bring every major dispute to you, but let them decide every minor dispute for...
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