Saturday, August 23, 2014 Av 27, 5774
Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Shawn Zevit
RE'EH Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17 Re'eh - "See this day, I set before you blessing and curse … for you are about to cross the Yarden." The Torah narrative, and Moses' discourse with our ancestors, shifts from a recap of the past to an acknowledgement of the immensity of the moment in the life of the Jewish people. The place of descent,...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Lisa S. Malik
EKEV Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25 The other day, my friend's children were fighting with each other when her elder son hit her younger son. My friend said, "Apologize to your brother or else you are not going to the movies tonight." This scenario sounds all too familiar. As a mother, I, too, can recall saying to my children, "Listen to me, or...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
VAETCHANAN Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Scholar Nehama Leibowitz points out in Studies in Devarim ("Deuteronomy") that all "the main principles of Judaism - the prohibition of idolatry, the principles of the unity, love and fear of God, the Decalogue, the duty of studying Torah - all are given an honorable mention in this sidra, Vaetchanan." Much of the fifth book of the...
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Shifting a synagogue three-quarters of a mile may not sound like much - especially when it's from one side of City Avenue to the other - but for members of Overbrook Park's Congregation Beth Hamedrosh, it's become a herculean task, albeit one that moved one step closer to completion. On July 27, the Lower Merion Township Board of Commissioners granted...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
DEVARIM Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22 When he was accused of incessantly harping on the past, Elie Wiesel responded: "Jews don't live in the past, but the past lives in us." The Jewish calendar does not just mark dates and events; it records the demeanor and tone of the Jewish people at any given time. We just entered the month of Av; the...
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