Saturday, December 27, 2014 Tevet 5, 5775
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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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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