Sunday, September 21, 2014 Elul 26, 5774
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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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
MASEL Numbers 33:1-36:13 Perhaps no other people is as restless as the Jews. No doubt you are familiar with the term "wandering Jew." The expression, popularized by the church theologian Augustine, was not meant as a term of endearment, but one of derision. It was also descriptive - after all, Jews have been expelled and banished from more places on...
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