Thursday, December 18, 2014 Kislev 26, 5775
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
Sir Edmund Hillary was the very first man to conquer Mount Everest. Did you know that he failed to do so his first attempt? Speaking to the Science Academy in England after his first unsuccessful climb, Hillary stopped in the middle of his remarks, paused, turned toward the large mural of Everest that was on the wall and declared: "Next...
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Nitzavim, Deuteronomy 29:9-31:30
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Many of us remember sliding into a seat at school, breathless from running across the schoolyard or down a corridor, late because we overslept or because of an early sports or music practice, or because we stayed up half the night cramming for a test. The teacher called our name, and exhausted or not, we responded, "Here. Present." Our bodies...
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By:
Rabbi Eric Rosin
When I interviewed to become the rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester just over two years ago, I quickly learned that ours is not a synagogue used to listening passively to a sermon. I'd been asked to deliver a short d'var Torah to the search committee, so I dutifully constructed a 10-minute presentation. The unspoken evaluation of my...
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KI TEZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
This week's Torah portion contains more commandments -- 72, according to Maimonides' count -- than any other in the Torah. One of the most fascinating ones is this: "If you happen to come upon a bird's nest in front of you as you're walking along, in a tree or on the ground, and there are young birds, or eggs, and...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Gary Pokras
If you want to live like a king, this week's portion, Shoftim, tells you how -- write a copy of the Torah for yourself, keep it with you all the time, and read in it all the days of your life. On the surface, the meaning of these verses is clear: A king of Israel must be guided by Torah...
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