Wednesday, October 22, 2014 Tishri 28, 5775
VAYAKHEL-PEKUDEI, Exodus 35:1-40:38
By:
Rabbi Alan Iser
The second part of this week's double portion, Vayakhel-Pekudei contains a mundane account of all the materials that went into the making of the Tabernacle. Our sages derive a profound lesson from the opening words of Pekudei: "These are the accounts of the Tabernacle which were rendered according to the commandment of Moses ... by the hand of Itamar." They...
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KI TISA, Exodus 30:11-34:35
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
In the fascinating book Name Dropping , the late economist and perennial presidential adviser John Kenneth Galbraith tells the following story. President Lyndon Johnson was known to be a colorful man -- rude and charming, cunning and innocent, all at the same time. A former Johnson speechwriter once joked to Galbraith that "LBJ was seven of the most interesting people...
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TETZAVEH, Exodus 27:20-30:10
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
If you've been to Montreal or other parts of Quebec, you may have noticed a fascinating tag line on their license plates: Je me souviens , which translates as "I remember." Never one to pass up a story, I asked a concierge at a swanky hotel -- these individuals are supposed to know everything, n'est ce pas ? -- what...
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TERUMAH, Exodus 25:1-27:19
By:
Rabbi Alex Lazarus-Klein
When God asked the Israelites to bring gifts "from their heart" to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle, every person in the entire community went back to their tents to pick out their favorite possessions to bring to the center of the camp. No one wanted to be left out of the building. So, they brought back tanned rammed...
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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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