Thursday, April 17, 2014 Nisan 17, 5774
BO, Exodus 10:1-13:16
By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
One of the most powerful aspects of our tradition is that the practice of Judaism does not demand that we draw distinctions between a sacred plane and the everyday existence in which we live. Instead, it helps us to contextualize our daily reality so that we can maintain an awareness of the sanctity of the world as we negotiate our...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Many of us tuned into last week's presidential address. Whether it will tip the scales and prove to be efficacious, only time will tell. But I was reminded of a fascinating anecdote that I read in a book written by Richard Nixon, titled In the Arena. Unlike the practice of today, where handlers and spin doctors essentially write presidential addresses,...
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SHEMOT, Exodus 1:1-6:1
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Even as we begin a new book in our people's journey, we already know the the story's end. And it will be a good one. The Jewish people will be redeemed and the world will be ennobled for our being its conscience. The challenge is getting there. Yet in this new chapter in the life of our people, an all-too-familiar...
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VAYECHI, Genesis 47:28-50:26
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
At age 13, a violin virtuoso appeared on a Berlin stage and overwhelmed his audience. In fact, the young prodigy so inspired one audience member, namely Albert Einstein, that he uttered, "Now I know there is a G-d in heaven." The name of that virtuoso and eventual member of Britain's House of Lords was Yehudi Menuhin. Do you recognize the...
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VAERA, Exodus 6:2-9:35 In the Torah portion Vaera, Moses confronts Pharaoh, and is faced with numerous defeats before Israel's religious and political redemption. Seven plagues are recorded in this portion, and, repeatedly, Pharaoh refuses to liberate the people of Israel after each one. We learn of blood, frogs, lice, insects, pestilence, inflammations and hail. At first, the plagues are a...
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