Tuesday, September 23, 2014 Elul 28, 5774
DEVARIM, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Picture the scene: The foreign minister of Israel, the very urbane and sophisticated Abba Eban, is taking a European counterpart on a tour of the Knesset. Upon entering the chamber, this staid and decorous diplomat is confronted with the tumult and cacophony that is the Israeli parliament. People, wildly gesticulating, are also loudly speaking at the same time. Abba Eban...
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MATOT-MASEI, Numbers 30:2-36:13
By:
Rabbi Robert Rubin
Throughout history, the Jewish people have wrestled with the questions of who we are. Are we a religion, as distinguished from Catholics, Protestants and Muslims? Are we a nation, as distinguished from those who are ethnically French, Italian or Chinese? Are we both a religion and a national ethnic group at the same time, making us somewhat unusual in today's...
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PINCHAS, Numbers 25:10-30:1
By:
Rabbi Michael Holzman
Although this week's parshah begins midway through the story of its namesake, the zealous grandson of Aaron, who brutally killed an Israelite who cohabited with a Midianite woman, I want to focus attention first on an episode that comes later in the portion. After resolving the Pinchas story -- God grants the impassioned young priest his brit shalom, "Covenant of...
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CHUKAT-BALAK Numbers 19:1-25:9
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Here's the scenario: A man who has dedicated his entire adult life to his people, who has given himself unstintingly to their cause, guided them as a father, loved them as a mother, held then as a nursemaid, taught them as a teacher, prodded them as a rebbe, rebuked them with finesse and defended them as only the dream team...
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KORACH, Numbers 16:1-18:32, 29:9-15
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Social psychologists list several distinctions between a debate and a dialogue. A debate assumes that you have the right answer, while a dialogue assumes that many people can share in crafting an answer. A debate is about winning; a dialogue is about exploring. A debate is more about defending one's view; a dialogue admits that another's thinking can improve on...
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