Thursday, October 23, 2014 Tishri 29, 5775
Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Steven C. Wernick
NITZAVIM, Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20 Do you believe in God? Silence … not an unusual response. Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, in his book on Jewish spirituality, God Was in This Place and I, I Did Not Know , says that if you want an answer to the question of God's existence, you have to begin with a more concrete query: Have you ever...
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KI TAVOH Deuteronomy 26:1-29:8
By:
Rabbi Jeff Sultar
We are in the season of transformation. During Elul, the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we are called to engage in cheshbon ha nefesh, an "accounting of the soul." It represents a time to engage in introspection and outer action, righting wrongs we have committed against other people, seeking forgiveness from them and giving forgiveness to those who've wronged...
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KI TETZE, Deuteronomy 21:10-25:19
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, JE Feature
While last week many of us continued to watch the devastating news images of Hurricane Katrina's destruction of cities and towns along the Gulf coast, the month of Elul arrived - a month that challenges us to listen for God's voice with a particular and sensitive ear. Our sages teach that Elul is the month when we begin, in earnest,...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi David Gutterman
SHOFRIM Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11 Most of you have probably heard the provocative phrase, "Dress British, but think Yiddish." With your permission - and forgiveness - allow me to create a different, but perhaps more relevant, equation from a French expression historians attribute to monarch Louis XV. The expression is: Après moi, le deluge. It was meant to be a callous and...
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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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