Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18; 30:11-16
By:
Rabbi Lance J. Sussman
One of the great joys of being a congregational rabbi is standing with our Bar and Bat Mitzvah students as they read from the Torah for the first time in their lives. Reading from the Torah is a powerful experience. Relatives and friends will travel great distances to hear a child chant from the scroll. Individuals who usually shy away...
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YITRO, Exodus 18:1-20:23
By:
Rabbi Lisa Malik
Before giving the Torah to B'nai Yisrael, God approached several other nations, and asked them if they wanted to accept the Torah and its commandments. Each of the other nations turned God down. But when God approached the Israelites, they asked, "How much do they cost?" When they heard that the commandments were free, the Israelites responded, "Okay, we'll take...
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HA'AZINU, Deuteronomy 32:1-52
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Many of our spiritual giants had an unusual practice. In one pocket, they'd carry a piece of paper with the verse that read: "I am but dust and earth"; in the other, they'd carry a piece of paper with the verse that read: "For me was the world created." It is the integration of these two motifs and feelings that...
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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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