Thursday, April 24, 2014 Nisan 24, 5774
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
LECH LECHA, Genesis 12:1-17:27 After a mere 11 chapters, the sacred story of our people this week takes a more particular and intimate turn. After having spoken of and recorded worldly and global events, the Torah turns to one man, one family and the unfolding drama of that family. Indeed, for the balance of our biblical journey, the Jewish story...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
NOACH, Genesis 6:9-11:32 You know the story. The rabbi was especially erudite and scholarly, well-read and well-spoken. In fact, he spoke eight languages ... all of them in Yiddish. The reality is that we don't live in a world in which English is the universal language. And running the risk of being accused of being an apikores , though Yiddish...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Shemini Atzeret, Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 With all due respect to U.N. resolutions 242 and 338 regarding so-called "occupied territory," let me explain what these words really mean. When my granddaughter, Ariel Daizy, comes to our house for a Shabbat or Yom Tov, the house becomes -- in the most delicious and sweetest sense of the word -- occupied territory. You can't...
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Rabbi Nancy H. Wiener
SUKKOT Exodus 33:12-34:26 The entire festival of Sukkot is designated as holy time, with special commandments -- shaking the lulav and etrog, sitting or dwelling in a sukkah -- to be performed throughout. Yet the first and last days of the festival are distinct from the interim days, which are considered both holy and ordinary. It is this very in-between...
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Yom Kippur, Leviticus 16:1-34, Numbers 29:7-11
Even more than the yearning voice of the cantor during the High Holidays, I remember the palpable weeping of the worshippers, especially that of my grandmother and her contemporaries in the women's gallery of my childhood synagogue in Brooklyn, reaching a crescendo when the congregants would cry out, "Do not cast us into old age." To this day, I cannot...
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