Thursday, August 21, 2014 Av 25, 5774
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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Vayigash, Genesis: 44:18-47:27
By:
Rabbi Jill Maderer
Picture it. A man walks down Walnut Street, and sees an enormous electric Chanukah menorah atop a car driving down the road. His Jewish identity inspired, he returns home to search the Internet: What night of Chanukah is it tonight? When someone who is disconnected from Jewish life sees a Chanukah menorah and calls a synagogue, when someone answers an...
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MIKETZ, Genesis 41:1-44:17; Numbers 7:48-592
By:
Rabbi Lisa S. Malik
Parashat Miketz marks a real turning point in the Joseph saga. In last week's Torah portion, Joseph was in a "pit," literally and metaphorically. He was betrayed by his older brothers, having been lowered into a pit in the desert, cast into the depths of slavery and then thrown into an Egyptian prison cell. This week, the portion begins with...
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