Tuesday, September 2, 2014 Elul 7, 5774
BESHALACH, Exodus 13:17-17:16
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
In the first part of his memoirs, All Rivers Run to the Sea , the famed Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel writes poignantly about his grandfather and father. His grandfather, Dodya Feig, was a Chasidic Jew, while his father, Shlomo, was a more modern, secular sort. Writes Wiesel: "From my father I learned to speak, from my grandfather I learned to...
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By:
Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Bo, Exodus 10:1-13 Last week, we heard Moses' speech to Pharaoh -- and it was like a shot heard 'round the world: "Let my people go that they may serve Me." But were I to search for what would become the essential and defining tagline for this people -- this union of Jews -- I have to turn to Moses'...
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Shemot, Exodus 1:1-6:1 And the Lord became angry with Moses. The text literally states that the anger of the Lord was kindled "in" Moses. This serves to show Moses as a true leader, for the divine wrath must also burn within him. Moses, enticed by the Burning Bush, is lured into a conversation with God. As the conversation unfolds, it...
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By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
Vayechi, Genesis 47:28-50:26 The power of ritual may rest on specific words or particular actions, but the essence of ritual's value is its ability to transform mundane moments into sacred time. One of the most powerful family rituals in our tradition takes place each week before Shabbat dinner, when, in the light of the candles, parents lay their hands upon...
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By:
Rabbi Joshua Waxman
Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27 Chanukah is much anticipated in my house, as in so many other homes -- the gathering of family, lighting the candles with prayers and songs and, of course, telling the ancient story of the miracle of Chanukah. This story reassures us with its promise of light in the face of darkness, but it also raises a challenge...
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