Thursday, September 18, 2014 Elul 23, 5774
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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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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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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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. It's time to pull out your recipes for those special Chanukah traditions -- heaping tablespoons of friends, a pinch of shopping for the family, and plenty of candles, latkes and dreidels. But amidst the whirlwind of celebrating, how do you make Chanukah more meaningful during this season of consumerism? Harold Grinspoon, philanthropist and founder of the P.J. Library,...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Mikeitz, Genesis 41:1-44:17 Do you recall Golda Meir's famous quip: "Why did God bring us to the only place in the Middle East without oil?" Let's think about that for a moment -- and then think Chanukah. Because no other holiday is as dominated by the oil motif as this one. The menorah is optimally lit with oil per the...
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