Thursday, October 30, 2014 Heshvan 6, 5775

RE'EH, Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
By:
Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell
The upcoming month of Elul is a time of preparation for entering the new year, a time of counting our way toward the 10 days of turning and introspection that invites each of us to frame our own journey in the light of our collective one. The rabbis teach that the very name of this month echoes the words of...
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SHOFTIM, Deuteronomy 16:18-21:9
By:
Rabbi Howard A. Addison
My wife and I recently returned from an amazing eco-trip to Alaska. I can't fully describe the wonder of being enveloped in the immediacy of natural life. To be but a stone's throw from a glacier, and to observe caribou, bear and eagles in their natural habitats are transformative experiences. In addition to the sheer majesty of the wild, it...
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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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