Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Tishri 7, 5775

By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
B'MIDBAR, Numbers 1:1-4:20 Ever felt like you were just a number? It's a common complaint: In the hustle of modern life, many of us feel like we're lost in the crowd, nothing more than nameless, faceless entities wandering through time. This week's Torah portion, however, turns the concept of numbers on its head, for in the Jewish way of life,...
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By:
Rabbi Danielle Stillman
BEHUKOTAI, Leviticus 26:3-27:34 In this week's portion, Behukotai, we are challenged with understanding the balance between free will and destiny, between human responsibility and God's. The portion presents a God who rewards good deeds (in this case, following the commandments) and punishes disobedience. This puts the burden of responsibility for ourselves and the world into human hands. If we act...
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Torah Portion
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
BEHAR, Leviticus 25:1-26:2 Following Pesach, it's customary to study a chapter of Pirke Avot, the "Ethics of the Fathers," each Shabbat for six weeks. These talmudic aphorisms show how to live more godly lives as we prepare to receive Torah anew when the Ten Commandments are read on Shavuot. Among my favorite sayings is Ben Azzai's dictum: Run to perform...
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EMOR, Leviticus 21:1-24:23
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Jewish Exponent Feature
We have reached the midpoint of our journey through the Torah, and are reading regulations for sanctifying behavior, dress, food and gathering places. The regulations articulated in Emor -- the focus on what the priests, and the people -- may and may not eat, encourage us to consider conversations about suitable food that appear throughout the Torah. What and how...
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KEDOSHIM, Leviticus 19:1-20:27
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Arriving just after the Pesach holiday and its celebration of our Divine deliverance from bondage, this week's Torah portion provides the point of it all. Why were the Jewish people taken out of Egypt, as the Haggadah emphasizes, "with an outstretched arm," with plagues and miracles, and led through a splitting sea? Why were they given the Torah? Why were...
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