Friday, February 27, 2015 AdarI 8, 5775
KI TAVOH, Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Craig H. Axler
This week's Torah portion, Ki Tavoh, presents a window into a very specific ritual as it was practiced in ancient Israel: the presentation of the "first fruits of the Land," the Bikkurim offering. This section of Torah -- Deuteronomy 26 -- is perhaps best known for its inclusion in the Maggid (storytelling) section of the Passover seder. "My father was...
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KI TETZI, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jim Egolf
Don't you hate it when you forget what you were about to say? It was on the tip of your tongue, and then, as if by some magical spell, the thought is whisked away forever, it seems. Then we engage in that systematic attempt to reconstruct the events, conversation or story we were involved with in order to remember. Zachor...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Jeffery Schnitzer
It's no coincidence that we read the Torah portion of Shoftim on the first Sabbath of the Hebrew month of Elul, the month preceding Rosh Hashanah. It signals the time when we must begin the serious spiritual work of evaluating our deeds and actions -- our very lives -- as the Day of Judgment approaches. I've often wondered why it...
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Re'eh, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The portion we read on this last week of the month of Av begins with a simple, declarative sentence of seven Hebrew words. The first word is a verb in the imperative mode -- Re'eh: See. See. How often do we open our eyes and truly "see"? We live in a world where we are surrounded by wide screens filled...
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EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
The colloquial expression "well-heeled" means to be wealthy. Jewishly, it might mean something else -- at least we can infer so from this week's Torah portion. V'haya Eikev Tish'm'un begins our text. Our JPS translation reads: "And if you obey these rules and observe them carefully, the Lord your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made...
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