Friday, July 25, 2014 Tammuz 27, 5774

EKEV, Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
According to Jewish law, which blessing is more important: the Hamotzi, recited over bread before we eat, or the Birkat Hamazon, grace after the meal? Contrary to popular opinion, the winning answer is the Birkat Hamazon. Our talmudic sages instituted a number of short blessings, including Hamotzi, to be uttered before benefiting from specific aspects of creation. Declining to recite...
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By:
Robert S. Wistrich
This year, Tisha B'Av once again reminded us of the dangers of "gratuitous hatred" without rhyme or reason for one's fellow Jews; the kind of hatred for its own sake, which seems more recently to have become part of our everyday Israeli reality. While divisions between Orthodox and secular Jews, or the bitter antagonism toward settlers in the West Bank,...
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VA'ET HANAN, Deuteronomy 3:23-7:11
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
Parashat Va'et Hanan opens as Moses shares his plaintive request to the Holy One to be allowed to enter the promised land with the people he has shepherded. "O Lord," he cries, "Let me, I pray, cross over and see the good land on the other side of the Jordan." God's reply is immediate and direct: "But the Holy One...
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By:
Aaron Passman, JE Feature
Thousands of miles of ocean and the better part of a continent separate Philadelphia from Kampala, Uganda, but for two individuals of different faiths, Israel has provided a way to bridge that considerable gap. Andrea Gottlieb of Merion serves as director of Jerusalem Online University -- a New York-based, online learning program with offices in Philadelphia and Jerusalem. For the...
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DeVarim, Deuteronomy 1:1-3:22
By:
Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Among the books of the Torah, only this one begins by attributing its subject matter to Moses: "These are the words that Moses addressed to all Israel." This week's portion actually begins Moses' final speech, his farewell before handing power over to Joshua, who'll take the Jewish people into the Holy Land. But if the Torah is Divinely authored, doesn't...
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