Tuesday, October 21, 2014 Tishri 27, 5775
NASOH, Numbers 4:21-7:89
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
In 1961, a Jewish grandmother had the chance to have a private chat with the young, charming president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. And why would a Jewish grandmother come and visit with a Catholic president? To ask for weapons, of course. This is how Elie Wiesel records the conversation between Golda Meir and JFK. "You come from...
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BAMIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20
By:
Rabbi Steven Saks
Politicians commonly complain that a statement or even a single word they uttered was taken out of context. It's a complaint we'll hear many times as the race for the White House heats up. Likewise, the name of this week's Torah portion, Parshat Bamidbar, can be taken out of context. It opens by telling us that "God spoke to Moses...
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BEHAR-BECHUKOTAI, Leviticus 25:1-27:34
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
A few years ago, I read a New Age book titled Surfing the Himalayas . The story begins with the protagonist snow-boarding down a mountain. As he comes careening down this mountain -- as fate, serendipity or bashert would have it -- he collides with a Buddhist monk. And thus begins, you've guessed it: his spiritual journey. "A lot of...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Ira S. Grussgott
This week's portion is titled Emor, which means "proclaim," "declare," "speak." But what is there to say after enduring two weeks of back-to-back "double-header" Torah portions that seem to serialize a sorry state of affairs? First, we read Tazria and Metzora, which dealt with disease and decay. Then we read Aharei Mot and Kedoshim; the former refers to a tragedy,...
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ACHAREI MOT-KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 16:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Craig Axler
The second of this week's Torah portions -- Kedoshim -- begins with one of the most familiar phrases (and difficult tasks) of Jewish learning: "You shall be holy, for I, the Lord your God am holy." The verse serves as an indication that the entirety of this portion will be concerned with one question: What does it mean to be...
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